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Why Are Churches In The South Silent On The Killings Of Christians In The North? by YoshihideSuga: 4:53am On Dec 25, 2022
Pretty much a question top and even regular clergy(wo)men/churchgoers in Southern Nigeria (home to the nation’s populous Christians) cannot have an answer for. Within the past decade, Christians in Northern Nigeria have been brutally butchered with their population fast declining across the following states:

- Kaduna: Here, they have been maimed, slaughtered and economically disenfranchised. From the capital city which is their indigenous land to Zango-Kataf, Kagoro, Kachia etc., the people of Southern Kaduna have been almost exterminated from their lands. Just recently, 40 Christians were hacked to death and everywhere is silent.

- Plateau: Home to a modern-day Judas Iscariot and has faced more religious crises than any other substantially Christian dominated area in Northern Nigeria; although, Kaduna seems to want to overtake her. Here, the most heinous and barbaric of murders (see screenshot) have been committed against Christians even though they constitute the majority in the state. The indigenous people cannot cultivate or harvest their produce because of Islamic terrorists disguised as herdsmen who ravage the entire state butchering any Christian insight.

- Bauchi: Apparently, it looks like economic disenfranchisement is a normal scenario for Christians in Northern Nigeria as they have been made poorer, and become destitute aka internally displaced people (IDPs) in their lands. Their local government areas (where they form the majority) have been repeatedly attacked, leaving hundreds of persons dead.

- Niger: In my opinion, this has surpassed Bauchi as ALL the attacks by terror groups in the state are targeted at only Christians or Christian dominated areas. From reverend fathers to bishops to part-time pastors and even their children; none is spared, all are annihilated. Terror groups have occupied local governments, a hitherto Christian majority, abut to Abuja kidnapping and raping young girls/women and killing off the men.

- Benue: Last year, the people of Benue (the second Christian-dominated state in Northern Nigeria) witnessed murders at stratospheric levels where women, children and men were inhumanely mowed. The massacres became a monthly routine to the extent that Buharists tried gaslighting the populace, with Ortom using the deaths as a smokescreen for his usual refusal to pay monthly salaries. Yes, Ortom owes salaries and holds the infamous position of the governor who has owed the longest. However, that should not be used as a gaslighting tool to deceive members of the public about an ongoing genocide. The most horrible was when Buharists christened themselves with the ethnic names of Benuians to refute the evidence of ongoing butchering across the state.

- Borno: The origin of where churches were attacked not with just knives but bombs by jihadists and where girls (all Christians) were either kidnapped, sold/married off, raped and/or slaughtered. Mind you, in attacks as such, the majority of the lads are killed especially older ones, while younger ones are conscripted into jihad via indoctrination. Additionally, Christians have had their churches demolished for flimsy reasons, but they shrugged on and worshipped on the debris.

- Zamfara and Kebbi: I really doubt indigenous Christians exist anymore in these states.

- Sokoto: Deborah Samuel Yakubu, a 200 level Home Economics student, who complained about the incessant flooding of her class WhatsApp group chat was alleged to have “insulted” prophet Mohammed. The next day, her classmates and schoolmates ganged up and committed heinous atrocities on Deborah. First, they surrounded her and stoned her relentlessly, which resulted in her death. Afterwards, they flogged the dead body and lit it up in fire. Deborah, a student of the Shehu Shagari College of Education, was burnt to ashes by supposed educated students in a COLLEGE OF EDUCATION. What were the reactions of Muslims? They defended her killers, with some applauding them. The Chief Imam of the National Mosque of Abuja, where politicians and wealthy businessmen worship, condoned the murder. In his words, “if our grievances are not properly addressed, then we should not be criticised for addressing them ourselves”.

Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate on the platform of the PDP, initially condemned the slaughter of Deborah across his verified social media handles. However, when he was threatened with a loss of votes by his Muslim followers, he rescinded and deleted those statements. Afterwards, he apologised to his Muslim followers via his verified Hausa Facebook page. He claimed he knew nothing about the posts and did not approve of them.
Re: Why Are Churches In The South Silent On The Killings Of Christians In The North? by YoshihideSuga: 4:56am On Dec 25, 2022
- Kano: Bridget Agbahime, a 74-year-old Igbo trader, was butchered by Muslim youths at Kofar Wambai Market on the account that she prevented a fellow trader to perform ablution in front of her shop. The suspects were released by a court in Kano, with the state government saying “there was no evidence to prove they killed her”. However, Bridget’s husband, Pastor Mike Agbahime, witnessed his wife hacked to death. In a similar fashion in Abuja, Eunice Olawale, a deaconess of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) was stabbed several times by Muslim youths in Kubwa, a suburb of Abuja, simply because she evangelises across the area.

- Gombe, Adamawa and Taraba: The first is somewhat peaceful by Northern Nigeria’s standards, considering that it is one of the two states (Adamawa inclusive) in the region where the deputy governor has always been a Christian since 1999 (in the region, this means the Christian population is pretty significant). Although Kaduna was once like Gombe in that regard until some people’s favourite changed the narrative. Also, it should be noted that the Gombe state governor imposed a traditional Muslim ruler in a largely Christian community. The second and third states, in my opinion, have some of the best inter-cordial relationships between adherents of both faiths. Although, there have been brutal attacks aimed at Christians in Mubi. Taraba has witnessed clashes between the usual suspects – Fulani herdsmen (rank third in global terror groups) - and indigenous inhabitants. As for the rest of the region, the percentage of Christians is largely infinitesimal. Worth mentioning is Katsina where the Christian dominated local government has not witnessed government infrastructural presence since 1999.


In light of this and numerous deadly events aimed at Christians across Northern Nigeria, what do Christians in Southern Nigeria have to say? Enoch Adeboye, one of the richest and most influential Men of God in the country visited Kaduna state where he met with the governor, Nasir El-Rufai, only to describe him as a “kind and caring man”. The reason he visited was not to commiserate with “fellow” Christians in Southern Kaduna or hold a crusade but to negotiate for the release of his members who were kidnapped by jihadists. Fine, the vast majority of indigenous Christians in Kaduna just like their contemporaries across the region worship at COCIN, ECWA, ERCC and the Catholic Church but that does not mean one of the country’s eminent clergymen cannot offer condolences, financial assistantships (RCCG is one of the world’s richest churches) and relief materials towards “fellow” Christians. Or are Christians in Northern Nigeria not “Christian” enough?

Iyin Aboyeji, one of Nigeria’s most prolific tech entrepreneurs, whose dad is the General Overseer of Foursquare Gospel Church, categorised the mass killing of Southern Kaduna indigenes as “pockets of genocides”. When he was thoroughly lampooned, he deleted the tweet only to tweet again where he labelled the extermination as “little genocides”. Hitler must be stunned! Also worth mentioning is Seun Osewa, founder of Nigeria’s most visited forum – Nairaland – and whose dad is a pastor lauded the “developments” in Kaduna. Although officially an atheist, he was threatened by Muslims not Christians to restrict commentary on Muslim threads on his website. Neither has there been a condemnation or condolence message or financial assistance towards Christians in Northern Nigeria from William Kumuyi of Deeper Life or Daniel Olukoya of Mountain of Fire or Ntia Ntia of Full Life Christian Centre or Paul Enenche of Dunamis International (ironically, he is from Benue state) or David Ibiyeomie of Salvation Ministries or Johnson Suleman of Omega Fire Ministries or Christopher Oyakhilome of Christ Embassy or Abel Damina (hilariously, he is from Plateau state) of Power City International or the numerous Queen’s English speaking pastorprenuers of Covenant Christian Centre, House on the Rock, Harvesters and many more scattered across Southern Nigeria. Save for David Oyedepo of Winners’ Chapel who ONCE criticised the slaughtering and the Catholic Church, others have been mysteriously mute.


Churches in Southern Nigeria are stupendously rich, influential and globally acclaimed but there has been no form of scholarship program instituted by any church-owned university for children who were kidnapped from Bethel Baptist High School in Southern Kaduna. Some of the well-managed universities in Nigeria are owned by mega-churches but none has awarded scholarships to young Northern Nigeria Christians, orphaned and whose parents have been made destitute, to study at their universities. Rather, Christian groups in the United States are the ones offering these benefits but not the ones close to home. No prominent Christian clergy from Southern Nigeria has visited scorched churches in Plateau or IDP camps in Benue inhabited by indigenes who were chased from their lands by nomadic jihadists from the Sahel. Neither have there been outreaches by Christians, young, old and of both genders, from the South towards their “brethren” in the north. Are Northern Nigeria’s Christians not “Christ-like” enough? Or is it because they do not have the significant economic clout to attract interests from mega-churches in the south? But why would they have one when parents of the Bethel Baptist school’s children coughed more than N300M as ransoms for the release of their loved ones? Or when those in the Plateau cannot cultivate their crops in peace due to persistent and incessant attacks by jihadists cum herdsmen?

If the church in Southern Nigeria believes these people who are downtrodden and exist in agony are Christians, why has there been no help or outreach whatsoever?

https://www.spectator.co.uk/article/abandoned-to-their-fate

https://twitter.com/DavidHundeyin/status/1385185274213376000?t=myMuV7GEKyoGAWZzIV1PlQ&s=19

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Re: Why Are Churches In The South Silent On The Killings Of Christians In The North? by VeeVeeMyLuv(m): 6:07am On Dec 25, 2022
because they voted the wrong fellows into positions of authority.

Now they are about repeating the same mistake.
Re: Why Are Churches In The South Silent On The Killings Of Christians In The North? by shox(m): 6:11am On Dec 25, 2022
We never even solve or prevent the killings for south. Na north remain?.

Only people like that manna guy will leave his house burning and start chasing cockroaches.

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Re: Why Are Churches In The South Silent On The Killings Of Christians In The North? by TinubuDeDrugLor: 8:47am On Dec 25, 2022
They decided to chose death when they voted APC unto power.

It was their choice.
Re: Why Are Churches In The South Silent On The Killings Of Christians In The North? by Nobody: 8:57am On Dec 25, 2022
They chose their leaders. We are tired of speaking out for them
Re: Why Are Churches In The South Silent On The Killings Of Christians In The North? by obyrich(m): 9:00am On Dec 25, 2022
Churches in the south are not silent over killings in the North. The killings are everywhere and it is roundly condemned in Churches across the federation. The South too have had their own killings and did not turn around to blame their northern brethren for lack of sympathy.

The days of tribulations are here. The church needs to be united in one voice against the common oppressors.

Let he who has wisdom discern.

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Re: Why Are Churches In The South Silent On The Killings Of Christians In The North? by REVEALERSlight: 12:00pm On Dec 25, 2022
So sad .
Please let the church rise and do something better
Re: Why Are Churches In The South Silent On The Killings Of Christians In The North? by YoshihideSuga: 3:53pm On Dec 25, 2022
VeeVeeMyLuv:
because they voted the wrong fellows into positions of authority.

Now they are about repeating the same mistake.

TinubuDeDrugLor:
They decided to chose death when they voted APC unto power.

It was their choice.

Thanksful:
They chose their leaders. We are tired of speaking out for them

False accusations. Christians in Northern Nigeria have consistently voted for the PDP - which is way more liberal and diverse than the APC - Nigeria's Muslim Brotherhood. Today, many Christians in the north are looking towards voting for Peter Obi as he is the only Christian. In Kaduna, the PDP has always garnered the most votes compared to the APC. The same in Plateau, although they regret voting for Lalong. However. the imposition of his cousin as the PDP candidate in 2015 pushed voters towards APC.
Re: Why Are Churches In The South Silent On The Killings Of Christians In The North? by YoshihideSuga: 3:46pm On Jan 22, 2023
Una don go church today dey sing and jolificate, una dey pray for Christians in Northern Nigeria? Tomorrow, una go say "my brethren, my brethren"

Kelechi009, see your people. 😰
Re: Why Are Churches In The South Silent On The Killings Of Christians In The North? by Kelechi009: 4:40pm On Jan 22, 2023
YoshihideSuga:
Una don go church today dey sing and jolificate, una dey pray for Christians in Northern Nigeria? Tomorrow, una go say "my brethren, my brethren"

Kelechi009, see your people. 😰

Oga what happen
Re: Why Are Churches In The South Silent On The Killings Of Christians In The North? by YoshihideSuga: 8:59pm On Jan 22, 2023
Kelechi009:


Oga what happen

Why is the Church in Southern Nigeria silent on the genocides ongoing against Christians in Northern Nigeria?

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