Christian Persecution in Nigeria

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Christian persecution by Muslim extremists in (mainly) northern Nigeria is and has been a serious problem for several years. The main contributors to this issue are the Islamic extremist and Muslim purist organization, Boko Haram. According to Religion Today, over 3000 people have been killed since Boko Haram began it’s insurgency. Murders and jihads are a regular occurrence in Nigeria, with new reports seemingly coming out every day of another terrorist attack or mass shooting. With government being unsupportive of Christians and the constant persecution by extremists, the outlook has seemed bleak for a very long time, but quite recently the announcement of NASOC (Nigerian Army Special Operations Command) things could be starting to look up for the persecuted.

Although Boko Haram is the most associated group with Christian persecution in Nigeria, Christians face many other threats as well. The government denies them basic facilities such as wells, schools, and of course, does not provide labor or funds for the building of churches. Apart from the government, there have also been emerging signs that al-Qaeda may have ties with Boko Haram. Before late 2013, Goodluck Jonathan had addressed concerns that the United States of America labeling Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Organization would draw more attention to them, possibly drawing support from other Muslim extremist groups. In light of the links between al-Qaeda and Boko Haram, Goodluck Jonathan announced the Nigerian
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