Nigerian Christians warn Christmas Day bombings could lead to religious war

  Dec 27, 2011 – 8:25 AM ET | Last Updated: Dec 27, 2011 8:27 AM ET

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Women gather to mourn victims of the Madalla Christmas day bombing of a church near Nigeria’s capital. Dec. 26, 2011.

By Tim Cocks

ABUJA – Northern Nigerian Christians said Tuesday they feared that Christmas Day bombings by Islamist militants that killed over two dozen people could lead to a religious war in Africa’s most populous country.

The warning was made in a statement by the northern branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), an umbrella organization comprising various denominations including Catholics, Protestant and pentecostal churches.

The Boko Haram Islamist sect, which aims to impose sharia Islamic law across Nigeria, claimed responsibility for the blasts, the second Christmas in a row it has caused carnage at Christian churches.

Saidu Dogo, secretary general for the organization in Nigeria’s 19 northern provinces called on Muslim leaders to control their faithful, saying Christians will be forced to defend themselves against further attacks.

“We fear that the situation may degenerate to a religious war and Nigeria may not be able to survive one. Once again, ’enough is enough!’,” Dogo said.

The attacks risk reviving tit-for-tat sectarian violence between the mostly Muslim north and the largely Christian south, which has claimed thousands of lives in the past decade.

Dogo said the CAN was calling on all Christians to continue respecting the law but to defend themselves when needed.

“We shall henceforth in the midst of these provocations and wanton destruction of innocent lives and property be compelled to make our own efforts and arrangements to protect the lives of innocent Christians and peace-loving citizens of this country,” Dogo said.

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A car burns at the scene of a bomb explosion at St. Theresa Catholic Church at Madalla, Suleja, Nigeria, Dec. 25, 2011.

The most deadly attack killed at least 27 people in the St Theresa Catholic church in Madalla, a town on the edge of the capital Abuja, and devastated surrounding buildings and cars as faithful poured out of the church after Christmas mass.

Security forces also blamed the sect for two explosions in the north targeting their facilities. Officials have confirmed 32 people died in the wave of attacks across Nigeria, though local media have put the number higher.

But the church bombs are more worrying because they raise fears that Boko Haram is trying to ignite a sectarian civil war in the nearly 160 million nation split evenly between Christians and Muslims, who for the most part co-exist in peace.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has come under pressure to do more fight the growing security threat which risks derailing economic gains in the OPEC member and Africa’s top oil-producing nation.

Nigeria’s main opposition leader Muhammadu Buhari, a northerner and former military ruler who lost a presidential election in April to Jonathan, accused the government of incompetence on Monday, saying government was slow to respond and had shown indifference to the bombings.

The CAN said in the statement that it was concerned that the perpetrators and their sponsors “are well-known to government and no serious or decisive actions have been taken to stem their nefarious activities”.

© Thomson Reuters 2011



  1. Islam is a cult that must be at War in order to survive and that is why it creates chaos wherever it goes than wants to make it look like you were the one that are the cause of the fighting. They twist the truth. These are the most barbaric race and cult with their Islamic book that the world has seen. We need the Crusades back to finish the job they left behind. They are the worst group of savages that ever existed. Worse than Hitler, Pol Pot, the Mongolians and all the others tyranny rulers you can think of. They will be eliminated soon from the face of this earth.
    We as a people have had enough of their Bullshit Satanic LIES

  2. Nothing will change in the West until the lefties finally see how Islam will impact their own cushy, comfortable, way of life.


    So sorry. The lefties will go to their deaths with quizzical looks and in askance ,

  3. even lefties can be vicious when they need to be.


    Lefties are islamist/suicidebomber/jihadists enablers. Look at America’s Nigger Muslim Psychopath potus and the Filthy Bitch Lesbian Hitlery Rotten Cllinton.
    Both are Hard Core Leftists.

    Look how they reacted to the chorus of other lefties when Terry James burned satan’s doctrine the muslims call – quran. The US Military is now an active participant in the genocde of Christians now taking place in the Middle East. Only israel remains as an oasis of refuge from these evil countries. With the help of the left, this evil will almost consume the planet except for Yahweh’s Psalm 83 and the coming War with Iran by Assyria (Germany)

    The UNHCR has effectively become the islamic High Commission for Refugees.
    Any muslim who wants to leave a muslim country to gain the social security benefits of a Western country automatically gets a free pass and the commission orders the Western country to take them.
    Same is NOT accorded to Christians.

  4. Killing Christians, isn’t that how muslims always celebrate Christmas? In fact isn’t that how muslims celebrate, period?

  5. It is the muslim’s duty, according to his satan’s doctrine aka quran to kill ALL non muslims. In numbers, Christians are a larger number.
    While the muslims of muslim nations have successfully taped the mouths of Western “powers” who hand-wring in agony over trivial insults to muslims/islam and persecute their own who dare (Geert Wilders, Elizabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff) the slaughter of Christians is treated with platitudes: USA: ‘senseless killings” But absolute SILENCE from that shrieking shrew, the lesbian bitch Hitlery Rotten Clinton. Her state dept. REJECTED a request from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom to put Egypt on its list of countries that violate religious freedoms. Where was America’s voice, or that of its churches when an Assyrian Christian mother had her 2 year old toddler taken away by Iraqi muslims, killed, roasted, and returned to her on a platter of rice as punishment for being unable to pay the muslim jizya? Where were Christian voices from the pulpits or organizations when eighteen priests and two bishops have been kidnapped, and the archbishop of Mosul murdered, churches burned to the ground, and 58 Christians lost their lives in Iraq?

    Condemnation came from only one source: The Roman Catholic Church.
    The Bible belt of Ameica was strangely quiet.

    As I repeatedly say: it is the West that are the enablers of islam’s expansion, and islamists murder of Christians. Look around the countries of the West. All are appeasing, appealing, grovellling, sniveling, arselicking muslims as if there is no tomorrow.

    Disgusting craven cretins who should be done away with along with their darling muslims.

  6. As I repeatedly say: it is the West that are the enablers of islam’s expansion, and islamists murder of Christians. Look around the countries of the West. All are appeasing, appealing, grovellling, sniveling, arselicking muslims as if there is no tomorrow.>>>>>

    This is definately NOT our finest hour…

  7. The Killing Spree of Nigeria’s Christians continues. Gunmen have shot the parents and toddler in the Christian-dominated village. See, how “brave” mohd’s best of men were.
    “They were attacked in the night while they were asleep,” Plateau state spokesman Ayuba Paro told AFP.
    And Wonderland’s (Amerikastan) hate Christians/Jews with a venom NYT that has prostitutes for the muslim writes, : The sect, known as Boko Haram, until now mostly targeted the police, government and military in its insurgency effort, but the bombings on Sunday represented a new, religion-tinged front, a tactic that threatens to exploit the already frayed relations between Nigeria’s nearly evenly split populations of Christians and Muslims…”

    Deceitful Adam Nossiter, pimp for muslims, deliberately feigns ignorance and has NO conscience when the facts are Boko Haram has not stopped terrorizing Nigerian Christians — killing thousands of them, and bombing or burning hundreds of churches. Last Christmas Eve, 2010, Boko Haram bombed several churches, killing nearly 40 Christian worshippers. The NYT’s prostitutes that arselick muslims, front and back, join the league of other MSM prostitutes. Must be either deranged leftists sleeping with islamists, or paid by Muslim Mafia Inc.

    The West is NOT interested in Christians being persecuted , or slaughtered. And why should they when it is the West that encourages the slaughter of Christians and waiting for their lands to be turned into Dar ul Islam?

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