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‘Boko Haram, herdsmen depleting christian population’

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FILE PHOTO: Nigerian soldiers hold up a Boko Haram flag that they had seized in the recently retaken town of Damasak, Nigeria, March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Emmanuel Braun/File Photo

The newly installed President of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Rev. Stephen Panya Baba, has expressed worry over rise in the number of persecuted Christians.

Baba regretted that the activities of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen have swelled the ranks of widows and orphans in many churches.

He made the observation during his inaugural remarks at the ECWA headquarters in Jos, when he formally took over from Dr. Jeremiah Gado.

He called on governments at all level to show greater resolve at stopping the carnage before people resort to self-defence.

He argued that “self defense is a constitutional and legal right to which every citizen is entitled,” and that “failure to rein in and prosecute these wicked men would only confirm the perceived notion that Boko Haram has rebranded in the form of Fulani Jihadist herdsmen and is carrying out nefarious activities under the protection and support of the Federal Government and its security agencies.”

He said: “Government must rise to the occasion and put an end to this wicked plan to annihilate Nigerians, especially Christians, in the Middle Belt region and zones of Plateau, Benue, Taraba, Southern Borno and Southern Kaduna and other parts of the northeast because the corporate existence of our dear country, Nigeria, is being threatened.”

The ECWA President also called for intensified action by government to secure the release of the remaining Chibok girls, and Leah Sharibu, who is still being held by Boko Haram for refusing to deny her Christian faith.


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