This past Monday (April 29) Boko Haram Islamists attacked the Kuda-Kaya village in Adamawa State village in northeastern Nigeria, killing at least 25 people who had just returned home from a wedding. Rebecca Malgwi, a sister-in-law of two victims, said the attackers went from house to house, and that many people could not escape because the shooting came from all directions. While news of this has not necessarily been minimal, what journalists failed to report—you guessed it—is that the victims Christian and that the perpetrators carried out the atrocities in compliance with Allah’s command to wipe out the infidels.
President Jeff King of the International Christian Concern—a Washington, D.C. based human rights organization to help persecuted Christians worldwide—Nigeria is the main killing ground for Christians today: a total of fifty thousand to seventy thousand have been killed by Islamists within the last twenty year. Christian persecution in Nigeria, which can be traced back to the Sokoto caliphate (1804-1903), has surged since 2015. The late-Catholic bishop Joseph Bagobiri of the Diocese of Kafanchan (northwest Nigeria which has had sharia law since 1999) expressed dismay back in 2016 that “the persecution of Christians in Nigeria is not given anything like the same level of international attention as persecuted Christians in the Middle East.”
According to certain figures, 245 million Christians in the world are apparently persecuted simply for their faith. Last November, The organization Aid to the Church in Need released its “Religious Freedom Report” for 2018 and reached the a similar conclusion: 300 million Christians were subjected to violence. Christianity, despite stiff competition, has been called “the most persecuted religion in the world.” Yet in line with Pope Francis who had said: “Authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence;” when jihadists have been responsible for their jihad against the followers of Christ, the Islamic religion continues to be absolved. The latest example of this was the response of the Cardinal Archbishop of Colombo, Albert Malcolm Ranjith, to the Easter attacks in Sri Lanka, which killed more that 250 people: “What took place is neither political or religious, but the result of the actions of some misled people.”
It is not my place to pass individual judgment, but such flagrant silence is not only deafening but contributes to the problem. As then-candidate Donald Trump said during the second presidential debate in 2016: “These are radical Islamic terrorists and [Hillary Clinton] won’t even mention the word and nor will President Obama. He won’t use the term radical Islamic terrorist, no. To solve a problem you have to be able to state what the problem is or at least, say the name. She won’t say the name and President Obama won’t say the name. But the name is there. It’s radical Islamic terror. And before you solve it, you have to say the name.”