The Christmas massacre of dozens of Nigerian Christians is just the latest in widely ignored persecution that has seen thousands slaughtered over a decade “for sport.”
“The world is — silent. Just unbelievable.”
Corporate media’s willingness to overlook jihadist zealotry that motivated Hamas’ attack against Israel on Oct. 7 made increasingly more sense when considering the terrorism took place in a First World country. Supporting that notion was the deafening silence where wall-to-wall coverage should be expected of “yet another Christmas massacre” in a third-world country.
As the faithful celebrated the nativity of Jesus Christ, no fewer than 140 Nigerians were reportedly massacred throughout at least 15 villages.
Writing for Fox News Digital, correspondent Paul Tilsley spoke to the challenge of more concrete details as he described, “Armed bandits ran amok, according to Amnesty International, in some 20 communities across central Nigeria, killing more than 140. In a country where accurate statistics are traditionally hard to come by, some sources have put the death toll closer to 200.”
Telling in the nation divided with a 46% Christian population predominately living in the south and a Muslim concentration in the north, was the limited coverage in addition to the lacking culpability assigned to the religious persecution.
On X the day after Christmas, Rev. Johnnie Moore, former commissioner for the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom and president of the Congress of Christian Leaders, lamented, “There was yet another Christmas massacre of Christians in Nigeria yesterday. The world is — silent. Just unbelievable.”
There was yet another Christmas massacre of Christians in Nigeria yesterday.
The world is — silent.
— Rev. Johnnie Moore ن (@JohnnieM) December 26, 2023
Speaking with Fox News Digital, political analyst Walid Phares asserted, “Indoctrinated by the Muslim Brotherhood and trained by al Qaeda Africa, the Boko Haram from north Nigeria are gradually becoming the country’s ISIS. They repress moderate Muslims and massacre Christians. Boko Haram attacks the Christians in the Plateau [State] area in the center to remove them and seize their lands.”
“The single worst place in the world to be a Christian is in western Africa, particularly in parts of Nigeria,” said Moore. “When ISIS was at its height in Iraq and Syria in 2015, terrorists in one single state in Nigeria killed more Christians than all of those killed by the ISIS caliphate in Syria and in Iraq combined.”
Intersociety, a group based in Onitsha, Nigeria had tallied 52,000 Christians since 2009 “have been butchered or hacked to death for being Christians.”
When asked about it, a spokesperson for the U.S. State Department told Fox News Digital, “The U.S. Mission in Nigeria condemned the recent attacks in Plateau State and expressed heartfelt condolences for the tragic loss of life.”
“We are deeply concerned by the violence, and we are monitoring the situation,” the spokesperson added. “Not a day goes by when Christians are not terrorized in western Africa in the most grotesque ways imaginable. Christians are killed for sport, especially Christian children. For every massacre which you hear about there are probably ten others which happened in the shadows. The death tolls are routinely in the hundreds.”
“Entire villages are burnt and pillaged,” he further described. “Thousands of churches have been destroyed. Children and women are hunted. Countless Christians have been kidnapped. I met one pastor whose two previous churches were burned down. Yet, he stayed in harm’s way because he was determined to be a light in the darkness, even if it [costs] him his life, and it probably will.”
Despite those realities, reports of the Nigerian murders along with the ethnic cleansing of Armenians in Azerbaijan, accounting for roughly 90% of the 5,600 Christians killed for their faith in 2022, the spokesperson’s boss, Secretary of State Antony Blinken, had taken a victory lap for the Biden administration in 2023.
“I am proud of our work to build stronger partnerships and strengthen global peace and security,” said Blinken on X while sharing a photo journal.
Meanwhile, as the State Department spokesman downplayed responsibility, indicating, “we cannot confirm the perpetrators’ motivations,” former Nigerian chief of armed staff, Ty Danjuma had been reported stating “The armed forces are not neutral, they collude with the bandits that kill Nigerians. They [the army] facilitate their movements, they cover them. If you are depending on the armed forces to stop the killings, you will die one by one.”