Boko Haram has targeted Christians in areas the group controls in Nigeria, reportedly beheading all Christian men and forcing the widows into sexual slavery.
The terrorist group, which has been responsible for a series of attacks in Nigeria, has taken over an area in the northeast state of Borno and declared it as an Islamic Caliphate.
News of the group’s slaughter of Christian men came out through the Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri, which told journalists of the genocide in an email:
“As it is well known, the catholic diocese of Maiduguri covers the whole of Yobe, Borno and Adamawa States, the three states under strict emergency rule. Apart from the churches within Maiduguri that have great share of such attacks by the terrorists group, all the churches on the major road linking maiduguri and Adamawa state have been shut down due to activities of the insurgents.”
It continued, “St Timothy’s Bama has been under siege since last year. The Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Timothy Cosmas had long been relocated to a different Parish. At the early part of this year, St. Peter’s Pulka was badly attacked. Thanks to God that, Fr. James John was luckily unavailable. The terrorists searched and wanted to kill the holy Priest of God.”
The report added that the Boko Haram sects have the area under strict control. The group has reportedly burned churches and vandalized other structures.
“The whole town and the parish rectory have been occupied by the terrorists; so many structures and items have been vandalised. Dozens killed and a lot of church structures have been burnt down,” noted Rev. Fr. Gideon Obasogie, Catholic Social Communications in-charge of the Maiduguri Diocese.
“Christians in the town are really in a terribly situation; a moment of great persecution. Christian men are caught and beheaded; the women are forced to become Muslims and are taken as wives to the terrorists. The houses of Christians that have fled are now occupied by the insurgents. Dozens have been killed and a lot of church structures have been burnt down. Christians in the town are really in a terrible situation; a moment of great persecution.”
Christians in the region have called on the Nigerian government to help stop the slaughter and repel the Boko Haram group from the region.