Violence against Christians in Nigeria ‘warrants a state of emergency’

ChristianToday.com reports: “Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has called on the Nigerian government ‘to do far more to counter the alarming surge in violence’ by Islamist terrorists against Christians in the north-central state of Kaduna.

CSW has just issued a report detailing a string of terror attacks in March. The report has been sent by Roman Catholic peer Lord Alton to the UK Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion, Fiona Bruce MP, and Africa Minister Vicky Ford for consideration.

CSW’s Founder President Mervyn Thomas said the situation in Kaduna ‘warrants a state of emergency’.

‘To all intents and purposes Kaduna state is under a comprehensive siege by a significant number of armed non-state actors who appear to be coordinating their activities, heightening the vulnerability of civilians. Residents cannot travel safely by road, air or train, and are not even safe in their own homes.

‘The significant rise in abductions for ransom are particularly worrying, as they indicate an effort to raise funds illicitly for unknown malign purposes. The situation in Kaduna warrants a state of emergency,’ he said…”

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