Nigerian Top Christian Leader: We Will Defend Ourselves From Islamic Attacks
The top Christian Leader in Nigeria, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, told reporters today that the Christian community would defend itself from the Islamists.
The leader of Nigeria’s main umbrella group for Christians says its members will defend themselves as attacks by a radical Muslim sect continue.
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor of the Christian Association of Nigeria gave the warning Saturday to journalists in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital. It comes as members of a radical Muslim sect known as Boko Haram have carried out new attacks targeting Christians in Nigeria’s Muslim north.
Oritsejafor said: “We have decided to work out ways of protecting ourselves.”
That raises the possibility of retaliatory violence between Muslims and Christians in Nigeria, a multiethnic nation of more than 160 million people.