1K Christians, Muslims killed by Boko Haram over 3 mos.

Sunday, September 6, 2015
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Michael F. Haverluck (OneNewsNow.com)

Since Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari took office 100 days ago, more than 1,000 Christians and Muslims have been slaughtered by the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, which also displaced nearly 2.1 million Nigerians within the nation’s borders.

A Closer LookEven though Bahari promised to eradicate Nigeria of the jihadist organization, its terrorists have stepped up their concerted attacks throughout the country.

In the six northeastern Nigerian states of Bauch, Borno, Gombe, Yobe, Taraba and Adamawa, plus the central states of Abuja and Nassarawa, the number of displaced Nigerians has recently escalated to 2.1 million, according to the International Organization for Migration.

"The increase ... can be attributed to the intensification of attacks carried out by the insurgents, as well as to improved access to previously inaccessible areas of Borno state, where the IDP population is now well over 1.6 million," IOM released in a statement, The Christian Post (CP) reports.

Since 2009, Boko Haram has focused its attacks on Christians and moderate Muslims, while simultaneously raiding areas in bordering nations. According to a CNN report, just under 30 people were mercilessly killed Thursday in northern Cameroon as the jihadists besieged an infirmary and marketplace there.

Reign of terror coming to an end?

When Buhari took office late this spring, he assured Nigerians that he would rid the nation of Boko Haram by year’s end, but the militant Muslims have resorted to new terrorist strategies to keep their onslaught alive.

“The terror group has reportedly been changing its tactics, focusing more on quick raids on towns rather than battles with government troops, which it had been losing,” CP reporter Stoyan Zaimov reports. “Buhari, who came to power on May 29, has promised that Boko Haram will be defeated as early as December of this year.”

Buhari’s special media and publicity advisor, Femi Adesina, announced last month that Boko Haram’s reign of terror is in its last days.

"The end to Boko Haram insurgency is also imminent,” Adesina proclaimed on behalf of the president. “The president is working assiduously to achieve that soon just as he promised. The president has said the deadline to defeat Boko Haram is December this year.”

Adesina made it clear that the directive to wipe out the Islamic terrorists would be carried out even more aggressively than previously indicated.

“The president made a promise in July that Boko Haram would be defeated in 18 months,” the presidential adviser informed. “Now he has changed it to December this year. He is the commander-in-chief and he has a wider view of the whole thing."

Leaving a mark of devastation

Nearly 15,000 people have been slaughtered since 2009 by Boko Haram, which has vowed an allegiance to the notorious ISIS jihadist organization with operations running in Iraq and Syria. Those evading death have fled to temporary camps within Nigeria in remote locations that have little food, water and other essentials.

"Many IDPs, especially in host communities, have yet to receive basic items, including food and shelter," explained IOM Nigeria Chief of Mission Enira Krdzalic. "It is very important for the authorities and humanitarian partners to speed up the delivery of adequate assistance to these people."

During Boko Haram’s violent reign of tyranny throughout the country, it has been reported by a Nigerian pastor — who serves as president of the Church of the Brethren — that 70 percent of his churches have been demolished, with up to 8,000 members from the congregations his oversees being killed by the militant Islamic group.

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