In Africa, Muslim extremists are launching unprecedented attacks on Christians across multiple nations. One of the biggest hotbeds for these Muslim terror attacks in Nigeria, where tens of thousands of Christians were murdered in the attacks.
One of the groups in Nigeria causing the most terrorism is Boko Haram, a violent Islamic terror organization that is headed by Abubakar Shekau, who the Nigerian army listed as their most wanted man.
Abubakar Shekau is not just dangerous to Nigeria, though. He is one of the biggest Islamic terrorists in the world.
"This person has been unsettling, not just really northern Nigeria, but an entire region," Dr. David Curry, president of Open Doors USA, told CBN News.
Shekau also shows no signs of relenting, calling the mass murder of Christians that he orchestrated "allah's work" and saying that it was because of allah he was not caught.
"I think that if he’s not put under control by the Nigeria government, this could certainly tip over into a caliphate-type idea like we saw with ISIS in Syria and Iraq," Curry warned.
“If you look at what’s happening there, it’s just massive, massive attacks against Christians,” said Jeff King, president of International Christian Concern. “50 to 70 thousand have been murdered.”
Nigeria has been a hotbed of violence for many years. According to The State Department's annual report on terrorism, "To date, terrorist actions by BH [Boko Haram] and ISIS-WA have contributed to the internal displacement of about two million people within the states of Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe, and the external displacement of more than 240,000 Nigerian refugees to neighboring countries, principally Cameroon, Chad, and Niger."
However, the Nigerian military has been working with members of the Global Coalition To Defeat ISIS and also a local Multinational Joint Task Force to push back against the violence.
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John Paluska has been a contributor for Christian Headlines since 2016 and is the founder of The Washington Gazette, a news outlet he relaunched in 2019 as a response to the constant distribution of fake news.