'A very dangerous collaboration' in Nigeria

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
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Charlie Butts (OneNewsNow.com)

A government official has been arrested in connection with a deadly attack at a church in Nigeria.

Police have arrested Yahaya Karaku, a special advisor to the governor of Kogi, in connection with the attack at Deeper Life Church in the Nigerian town of Otite that killed two soldiers and 19 Christian worshipers. Jonathan Racho of International Christian Concern (ICC) says the Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram has taken credit for the attack.

"When government officials, who are supposed to protect Christians from attacks, take part and get involved in these kinds of attacks -- it is really shocking, and it shows that the Boko Haram, the radical Islamist group, has been helped by people within the government of Nigeria," Racho laments.

He recalls that Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who is a Christian, said in a January speech that Boko Haram has infiltrated every branch of the government.

"It shows that the Christians in Nigeria are not only attacked by radical Muslims who come and destroy church, but also there's some kind of conspiracy between the radical Muslims and people within the Nigerian government to eliminate Christians from that country," the ICC spokesman laments. "This is a very dangerous collaboration."

This year alone, Boko Haram has conducted attacks in northern Nigeria that have killed more than 200 Christians.

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