Being a Christian in Niger supposes, in addition to being heroic, the way to become a martyr. The Islamic State continues the extermination campaign of the faithful and the burning of the churches, as part of the project to eradicate this religion from the country. The Nigerian authorities, as Christian prelates have denounced, headed by the president of the nation. Sunni Muslim Muhammadu Buhari, have promised to tackle the problem without, at least so far, results have been seen.
This time, as shown in the video that accompanies this news, it has been a large group of Christians from the Borno region who have been killed with a knife and shot in the neck, without any possibility of defense and after the usual proclamations of the jihadists. That in the 21st century someone is killed for professing a religion takes us back to the worst moments in history, which is precisely what Daesh intends, anchored in his fanaticism in the 7th century.
According to international reports, during the past year 3,520 Christians were murdered in Nigeria. The massacres were carried out by jihadists and related groups. The number of burned churches and towns is counted by hundreds. Those who try to impose a single religion in its most rigorous interpretation, the Sharia, are not willing to allow other beliefs to coexist with Islam. Terrorists are concerned that despite these criminal campaigns, Christianity is a growing religion within Africa.
According to a Pew Research Center report, Christianity is growing in Africa more than any other continent in the world. Today, three of the ten countries with the most Christians in the world are in Africa, something that the jihadists who try to impose their beliefs through terror cannot bear, as shown in the aforementioned video.
More of 300 million Christians suffer persecution in the world because of their religion, as revealed by the latest studies by the Catholic organization Aid to the Church in Need and the aforementioned Open Doors, (Protestant).