Nigerian Air Force Bombs Christians

Below are two disturbing pictures of a Lutheran Church in Adamawa state that was bombed by the Nigerian Air Force. Christians were taking refuge in the Church building from Fulani Herdsmen when the Air Force targeted and killed them.

The report is provided by Barrister Emmanuel, who has been monitoring these attacks on Christians. His Report is below complete with links, for further information.

This incident demands a high-level protest and publicity that the NCEF is capable of providing. The targeted murder of Christians using the instrument of the State is an increasing dimension in the persecution of Christians. The Government must be held accountable.

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  1. CHURCH STRAFED BY AIRFORCE PLANES

A Lutheran Church in northeast Nigeria was bombed not by terrorists but by Nigerian Air Force planes. Deaths were reported and villagers are still trying to identify remains.

Unlike the bombing of an IDP camp early this year which the government claimed was accidental, local Christians maintain this was a targeted bombing.

They were fleeing an attack by killer Fulani Muslim Herdsmen and ran to the church for safety only to be bombed there by the Air Force. This is unprecedented in the history of persecution of Christians in Nigeria.

Christians insist that the Air Force provided air cover for the Muslim herdsmen who had clashed with them previously. It is particularly disturbing coming against the backdrop of public threats by prominent Muslim leaders that preceded the bombing.

This church air strike on defenseless citizens is not only potentially a crime against humanity but also proof of Nigerian government complacency and now complicity in the face of Fulani Herdsmen attacks. General Muhammad Buhari is a Fulani Herdsman.

It may also be just cause to block US airplane sales to the Nigerian government for continuing egregious human rights violations.

  1. CHRISTIANS SEEKING MILITARY PROTECTION SLAUGHTERED

The church bombing comes just after another bizarre incident I mentioned after my last trip. Christians who went to the military for protection from killer Fulani Herdsmen in north central Nigeria were kept in a School for safety where they were abandoned and left to be slaughtered by the herdsmen.

This week I interviewed a survivor of that attack who left the schoolroom when he noticed the army retreating. He had not been interviewed by media prior to my visit. Local leaders say the soldiers were to be court-martialed but nothing has happened since the October attacks.

  1. ARMY RAPES ESCAPED GIRLS IN IDP CAMPS

Girls fleeing Boko Haram find the nightmare continues in the hands of government. HIV and birth rates are booming in the camps.

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/12/08/world/africa/boko-haram-nigeria-security-forces-rape.html?referer=http%3A%2F%2Fm.facebook.com

  1. CHRISTIANS STUCK ON BESEIGED MOUNTAINS FOR YEARS STILL

A REFUGEE CHRISTMAS MIRACLE PART 1

This week our team interviewed some refugee kids in a camp in northern Nigeria. One boy Eddy described in painstaking detail having to flee Boko Haram terrorists, hiding under a bed for 34 hours, dressing as a girl to escape certain slaughter after getting lost from his family…

He told us that in about 4 years he doesn’t know if his family is dead or alive. He’s even lost touch with the pastor who brought him to the orphanage in 2015.

We prayed with him and four other child survivors.

The next day before we returned to the US, we dropped by the orphanage and the caretaker told us he got a call from the pastor after we left.

Eddy’s dad and mum have been found alive. They were living/hiding atop a mountain besieged by Boko Haram terrorists for years! https://www.facebook.com/USNigerialaw/videos/1803661063267223/

Christians have been trapped on Gwoza Mountain since 2013 at least. This is my most recent confirmation of their still being there. Last year, I met my first returnee from the mountain top.

It is a rare piece of good news in an otherwise depressing field of human rights work.

Thankful for tender mercies.

Regards,

Emmanuel

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