A spokesman for an organization whose concern is the human rights of Christians and religious minorities believes the only chance to end persecution of Christians in Nigeria is for the country's leaders to reach out to the international community.
Thousands of Christians have been killed for their faith in Nigeria. Before the most recent attack involving two villages, Pyemi and Garkida, where at least seven people were killed and about a dozen others were kidnapped, Nathan Johnson of International Christian Concern tells One News Now the terrorist group Boko Haram had warned that Christians would be killed during the Christmas holidays
"Boko Haram is obviously a very powerful organization," Johnson notes. "It's probably the deadliest or second deadliest terrorist organization in the world today. With that being said, the Nigerian government also is not the most powerful or strongest government in the world today. They've had a lot of troubles with corruption as well issues with their military."
Attacks leaving Christians wounded, kidnapped, and/or killed have been going on for more than two decades, so it is clear to Johnson that Nigeria needs to ask for military aid.
"There is a small international group that's helping," he reports. "It seems to be the four countries that are being affected by this; we've got Nigeria, Niger, Chad, and Cameroon, but they haven't asked, as far as I know, for any outside organization or outside countries other than for them to help in this fight."
Boko Haram reportedly intends to conquer the North, convert people to Islam, and then wage war against southern Nigeria.