Anti-Christian Persecution Threatens to Result in Full-Fledged Genocide

Rebecca Samuel, mother of Sarah Samuel, one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants
Rebecca Samuel, mother of Sarah Samuel, one of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram militants (REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde)

On Wednesday, June 26, two brave truth-tellers about the anti-Christian persecution threatening to result in full-fledged genocide in Nigeria will participate in a Facebook Live-streamed event from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. ET.

You can watch it here.

These Nigerian women, who have experienced firsthand the terrifying and increasingly murderous jihad inflicted by Boko Haram, Fulani militants and the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) on a growing number of innocent civilians, will report on their visits to Washington and Dallas made possible by the International Committee on Nigeria (ICON) and Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC).

The event follows a meeting Rebecca Sharibu, mother of Boko Haram "slave for life" Leah Sharibu and Dr. Gloria Puldu held with Vice President Mike Pence's senior staff, including Chief of Staff and Assistant to the President Marc Short. The event will take place on the same day as Mr. Pence meets with his Nigerian counterpart, Yesi Osinbajo.

Osinbajo is virtually the only Christian official at senior levels of the government of Nigeria, which is now dominated almost exclusively by members of the Islamist Fulani tribe.

As his remarks in New York this weekend demonstrated, he is also a dissembling apologist for those in his government who are either ignoring the anti-Christian jihad or are actually complicit in it. His own tribe in Nigeria, the Yoribu, has found those misrepresentations to be so egregious that they denounced him for them.

Thankfully, America's vice president has apparently responded to the truth of what is happening in Nigeria by summoning that country's vice president to a meeting today. The Nigeria Crisis Delegation will speak of its expectations of that meeting—in particular, the imperative need for holding accountable the persecutors and imposing real costs for their crimes against humanity.

Among the truths about the jihad in Nigeria that will be presented will be the story of what has happened to Leah Sharibu, who was kidnapped with 109 classmates by Boko Haram in February 2018. Leah is the only one of the surviving girls who has not been released because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.

Listen to the podcast for more about Nigerian persecution.

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