Is a Religious War Looming in Nigeria?

ChurchLeaders | 5/22/2018 | Staff
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Religious tensions are running high in Nigeria over the continued abduction of a 15 year old schoolgirl who refuses to renounce her faith in Jesus Christ.

Leah Sharibu and 112 of her classmates were kidnapped on February 19 when Boko Haram terrorists raided Government Girls Science and Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe state. She was the only Christian in the group taken.

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Boko Haram is Nigeria’s militant Islamist group and is also known as the Islamic State in West Africa.

After weeks of negotiations with the government, the terrorists released 107 of the 113 originally abducted. Those released said five of the girls died in captivity leaving only Leah in the hands of the terrorists. She was reportedly kept because she refused to renounce her Christian faith.

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The Christian Association of Nigeria has warned that there may be religious war in Nigeria should Leah Sharibu die while being held by Boko Haram.

Similarly, the Pentecostal Christian Association, which is the umbrella body of pentecostal, evangelical and charismatic ministries, churches and associations, described the country’s peace as hinged on Sharibu’s safety.

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The board’s National Publicity Secretary, Bishop Emmah Isong, said, “She has become an ambassador of Christianity to the Republic of Boko Haram and we are demanding that she returns home safely to her parents.

The dire predictions have the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, urging Christian leaders to tone down the rhetoric, claiming they “could make terrorists win their war against the Nigerian state. Sa’ad Abubakar is considered the spiritual leader of Nigeria’s seventy-million Muslims.

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“For them to now make that comment that if she dies in the hand of Boko Haram there will be a religious war is very unfair. How could you start attacking Muslims because this...
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