The Religious Liberty Partnership (RLP),- a collaboration of Christian freedom charities, have released a statement to highlight the ongoing threat towards faith groups in Central Nigeria and urge their government to intervene. The Abuja Statement has been released 15 months after Leah Sharibu, a now 16 year old girl, was captured by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram together with one hundred and ten other school girls. Following her refusal to convert to Islam, Leah remains in captivity. RLP are campaigning for the Nigerian government to facilitate her release and do more to enforce the right to freedom of religion or belief for “all of Nigeria’s communities”.
Andrew Boyd of Release International, a member of the Partnership, says urgent action is needed to stop the increasing number of heavily armed extremist groups from killing Christians across the country. He said “The menace is no longer just Boko Haram, but heavily armed Fulani militants. “These are herdsmen who are armed to the teeth with AK 47 assault rifles, who’ve been carrying out attacks against largely Christian communities now in seven states of Nigeria. “Boko Haram and Fulani militants have killed tens of thousands and driven millions from their homes. Killing is happening in Nigeria with impunity, and that killing has to stop.”
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