ISWAP: Execution of 10 Christians justifies inclusion of Nigeria into US Special Watch List

ISWAP video confirms the existence of Christian persecution in Nigeria.

Friday, December 27, 2019

/ by National Pivot

Nigeria's recent inclusion in the United States' Special Watch List (SWL) of countries that have engaged in or tolerated “severe violations of religious freedom", may have been justified thanks to a recent video released by Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP), an extension of renown terrorist group identified as Islamic State, claiming to have executed 10 Christians in Nigeria.

The 56-second video which was released yesterday, December 26, was produced by Amaq, IS’ news agency, and filmed in an unidentified outdoor area. The timing of the release is also said to be timed to coincide with Christmas celebrations according to TheCable.

The video showed 12 hostages, 10 said to be Christians while the remaining were Muslims. The group claimed that they spared the lives of two of the Muslims, but executed the rests as part of its revenge against the kılling of its leaders after failure to negotiate their release.

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, IS’s late leader and Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir, its spokesman, were kılled in Syria in late October.

The insurgent claimed the victims were “captured in the past weeks in north-eastern Borno state”.

“We kılled them as revenge for the kıllings of our leaders, including Abu bakr al-Baghdadi and Abdul-Hasan Al-Muhajir in Iraq and Syria,” the group was quoted to have said.

Details of the victims, who were all male, were not given. However, considering they were all Christians, makes the allegation of Christians persecution all the more legitimate.

The last time Christians were subjected to such act of cruelty on a Christmas period was in 2016 where no less than 800 defenceless Christians, including women and children, were slaughtered in their homes by Fulani herdsmen.

Despite the tragic incident on a special period among Christians in the country, the Federal Government failed to arrest or prosecute any of the perpetrators and terrorists.

Islamic groups in the country including MURIC Jama'atu Nasril Islam (JNI) among others, have denied claims of Christian persecution in the country following Nigeria's listing on the US SWL. They alongside the federal government, are yet to respond to this latest video by ISWAP.

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