The Open Doors UK group held a seminar in the Houses of Parliament today to highlight the persecution of Christians in Nigeria.
The event discussed a number of different serious humanitarian issues that face Christians in Nigeria, with a particular focus on the terrorist movement Boko Haram.
The speakers at the event included Father Atta Barkindo who discussed the transformation of the terrorist organisation who have now been described as the most deadly terrorist organisation in the world after a recent report revealed that the group were responsible for more murders last year than their ‘allies’ Islamic State.
Father Barkindo spoke of the ‘invisible’ signs of extremism that are common place in countries such as Nigeria. ‘Writing on walls, signposts only in Arabic proclaiming ‘Muslim only’ areas as well as the education system are all part of the underlying manifestation of extremism.’
Speaking after the event Ian Paisley MP commented ‘Local scholars in Nigeria can teach anything up to 400 children at any given time and their work is totally unregulated. These teachers are completely unaccountable for what they are teaching. It is in areas such as this where we face real challenges to try and stamp out radicalisation.’
The Open Doors group commented “Thousands of Christians have been killed or abducted by Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group who claim to have established a ‘caliphate’ (Islamic state) in northern Nigeria.
It was revealed at the event that the number of people driven out of Nigeria by Boko Haram is over four times the number of migrants who have fled to Europe this year.
Mr Paisley concluded ‘The plight of Christians in countries such as Nigeria against this terrorist network perhaps falls under the radar of the western world as we don’t appear as ‘directly’ affected. It is in the interests of peace on a global scale that we as developed nations act to assist in conquering this brutal organisation and I would call upon this government to lead the way in rising to this challenge.’