At least 900 Christian churches have been destroyed at the hands of Boko Haram in northern Nigeria, as part of the Islamic radical group’s campaign to drive out all Christians from the north, the youth wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria reported.
CAN said that the “carnage” being carried out against Christians is “not accidental,” and argued that continued attacks in Southern Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, and Taraba communities show that Boko Haram’s war on followers of Christ, which started in 2009, continues in full force.
According to The Daily Post, the comments were made after the National Executive Council meeting held in Gusau, Zamfara State, with the youth wing chairman, Evangelist Musa Misal, urging the rebuilding of over 900 demolished churches.
CAN further called on the government to step up its protection of civilians, which was echoed by persecution watchdog groups like International Christian Concern.
“Christians continue to be the main and constant target of Islamic radicals like Boko Haram and Fulani militants without any hope of ever being protected or for the authorities to bring justice,” ICC said in a note, referring also to the Fulani herdsmen, a separate Islamic radical group that reportedly killed over 800 Christians and moderate Muslims in the last half of 2016.