Boko Haram Leader Resurfaces and Threatens to Eliminate Christians
In a 29 June 2017 article in The Christian Post, the following threat to Christians in Nigeria was repeated.
Abubakar Shekau, leader of Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram, has resurfaced in a new video, claiming responsibility for attacks on the army and declaring that there is no room for Christians to live with Muslims in the country as equals.
The terrorist group has been responsible for the deaths of over 20,000 people, including Muslims and Christians, since 2009 and has said in the past that it will seek to kill all Christians and blow up every church.
‘My message is to Islamic clerics in Nigeria who despite their position are giving wrong interpretation to the Holy Koran; you are playing with hell fire. You have to be careful because Koran has divided mankind into three; some are believers, some are hypocrites and some are nonbelievers. There is no way we Muslims in mosques and Christians in churches and you think we can work together,’ Shekau says in his latest message, as reported by the Premium Times on Wednesday.
‘This has never happened before even during the lifetime of all apostles of the prophet.’
The jihadist leader further explains that non-Muslims could be allowed to exist if they ‘remain by the side without interference’ while Muslims are ‘ruling with Sharia,’ which is a position that the democratic government of Nigeria rejects.
Rumors have swirled in the past of Shekau’s death and of Boko Haram’s leadership splintering in two, but the head of the terrorist group, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, has insisted he is still in charge.
Shekau said that his fighters were responsible for an ambush of a military-escorted convoy of travelers last week, which ended with the abduction of 16 women.
The police separately said that at least two people, including a police officer, were killed in the attack along Maiduguri-Damboa road.
As Al Jazeera reported in May, Boko Haram’s war with the Nigerian military since 2009 has led to 20,000 casualties, with thousands of people, including many Christians, abducted and forced to marry Islamic radicals.
The terrorist group has bombed churches and government buildings, vowing to drive out all followers of Christ from the country.
In August 2016, reports emerged that Boko Haram elected spokesman Abu Musab al-Barnawi as its new leader, with new threats made against Christians.
‘They strongly seek to Christianize the society,’ al-Barnawi said at the time, airing his grievances. ‘They exploit the condition of those who are displaced under the raging war, providing them with food and shelter and then Christianizing their children.’ “
(Read more in The Christian Post)
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Under the First Five Months of Trump, Christian Refugee Arrivals Starts to Outpace Islamic Refugee Arrivals
According to a 12 July 2017 Pew Research study, the Obama policy of favoring Islamic refugees over Christian refugees (to the point of deporting a number of Syrian Christians to their certain death) has ended. The Pew Research study reported:
“More Christian than Muslim refugees have been admitted to the United States in the first months of the Trump administration, reversing a trend that had seen Muslims outnumber Christians in the final fiscal year under President Barack Obama, a Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. State Department refugee data has found.
From Donald Trump’s first full day in office on Jan. 21 through June 30, 9,598 Christian refugees arrived in the U.S., compared with 7,250 Muslim refugees. Christians made up 50% of all refugee arrivals in this period, compared with 38% who are Muslim. Some 11% of these arrivals belong to other religions, while about 1% claim no religious affiliation.”
However, this reversal seems more to be a lessening in Obama’s hard-handed forcing of Islam on America than a preference made by Trump. On this note, Pew Research observes:
“It’s not clear why the religious composition of refugees to the U.S. has changed since February. Trump’s revised executive order states no religious preference for refugee admissions. Also, it’s not yet known whether the religious composition of refugee applicants (not arrivals) has shifted during the Trump administration, since it is likely that many refugees admitted from February through June actually applied to the Refugee Resettlement Program before Trump took office (the refugee application process typically takes between 18 and 24 months to complete).
Overall refugee admissions to the U.S. in fiscal 2017 (which ends Sept. 30) are on pace to fall below the 85,000-person ceiling established by the Obama administration for fiscal 2016, a year that saw 84,995 actual refugee arrivals. At the same time, arrivals for the current fiscal year are already nearing the new cap set by Trump in his executive order. As of June 30, the U.S. had already admitted 49,255 refugees. However, under the Supreme Court’s recent order, refugees with close family members in the U.S. may continue to enter the U.S. even after the new cap is reached.”
(Read more at Pew Research)
I, for one, am glad that President Trump does not place as big of a thumbprint on this process as Obama did.
More Christian than Muslim refugees admitted to the US in first months of Trump administration than under Obama. https://t.co/x4L8TJvoMP
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Under Trump’s refugee limit, nearly 15,000 fewer Christian refugees will enter this year than last year https://t.co/bARbhLaB86
— Christianity Today (@CTmagazine) July 13, 2017
Christian #refugees outnumber Muslims (Pew) under Trump. Largest ethic group: poor women/children from DR Congo. https://t.co/eLyxyJSpQ2 pic.twitter.com/jJwgxqaUab
— Ann Corcoran (@RefugeeWatcher) July 13, 2017
TRUMP EFFECT! Christian Refugees to U.S. Now Outnumber Muslim Refugees https://t.co/6BSmeXndvL pic.twitter.com/jAHIluNyA3
— Lourys Gonzales (@LouuryszTrump) July 13, 2017