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