Nigerian Christian leaders have said that Islamic terror group Boko Haram has killed over 350 Christians in just the past week, forcing the closure of churches and Christian schools.
Officials from the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (EYN) said that the country’s Kulp Bible College along with several churches have been forcibly shut down due to the ongoing hostilities, according to Morning Star News.
Over the weekend, the Church President Samuel Dali said that Boko Haram was continuing to advance towards the doorstep of his community, forcing many to flee for fear of their lives. Dali said:
Boko Haram violence has been getting worse every day, and our members are fleeing the area by the thousands. Recent attacks in Borno and Adamawa states where our churches are located have seen Boko Haram take over the Army base. As a result, about 350 Christians have been killed. Every night at the EYN headquarters, our staff and their families go to bed with hearts bound in fear for their lives. This have forced them to be prepared to flee anytime of the night in an event an attack occurs during the hours of darkness.
Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau recently announced in an online video that his Boko Haram terror outfit was declaring the formation of an Islamic State in northeast Nigeria, one that will be governed under the ruthless Shariah law, a religious Islamic political structure that treats women and religious minorities as second-class citizens.
Boko Haram Leader Abubakar Shekau
The Nigeria-based jihadi group largely shares the identical ideology of the Islamic State terror entity that is ravaging Iraq and Syria, which has also announced the establishment of its own Islamic caliphate. Both groups seek the formation of a Muslim world united behind a Sunni caliphate that is governed under the Shariah.
Boko Haram has recently taken to beheading male opponents and forcing christian women to marry them and convert to Islam, according to a CBN news report.
Boko Haram captured the eye of the American public in April when the jihadi group kidnapped 276 schoolgirls, who are still being held in captivity to this day. Boko Haram has been responsible for the deaths of some 4,000 Nigerians in this year alone.