10 August 2012

Nigeria: 88 Percent of 137 Religious-Motivated Attacks Targetted Christians, Oritsejafor Says

Kaduna — Quantitative data revealed that out of the 137 religious-motivated violent incidents tracked by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), 88.3% were attacks on Christians while 2.9% were attacks on Muslims, President of CAN Ayo Oritsejafor has said.

This figure was contained in a letter written by the CAN president to the Secretary of State, United State Department of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton.

According to the letter, attacks on security agents account for 4.4%, sectarian clashes 2.2% and extra-judicial killings were 2.1%.

"The US Terrorism Report 2011 indicates a total of 136 terrorist attacks in Nigeria. It is inconceivable therefore that Muslims were the primary victims of a jihadist group whose intent is to Islamize Nigeria. Even if such assumptions could be made without empirical data, the more credible and more plausible proposition is that given Boko Haram's declared intent to obliterate Christianity in northern Nigeria and its systematic attacks which began almost a decade ago, the majority of the victims are Christians.

"Since Boko Haram has stated that it does not theologically or operationally target mosques and has so far not succeeded in attacking any, it is only logical that Muslims cannot be the majority victims. This year 2012 alone, there have been 49 security incidences of which 80% have targeted Christians," Oritsejafor said.

He urged clinton to work with Nigeria to achieve a truth-based peaceful resolution to the terrorism and extremism that threatens the very life of Nigeria.

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