In order to prevent Christians from voting in upcoming elections, militants in Nigeria have killed 27 Christians. After killing 17 Christians in Nigeria’s Agwan Wakili, the militants murdered 10 more people belonging to Christian communities in Langsong and Mubushi. The attack also injured 14 others. According to International Christian Concern, the militants conducted the attack using machetes and axes instead of firearms. Due to the hot weather, most villagers were sleeping outside their houses. A witness pointed out that Christians were attacked so that they are unable to participate in voting in the upcoming gubernatorial race. ICC also highlighted that the candidates for governor and deputy governor are both Christians.
CBN News reports:
Armed militants in Nigeria have murdered 27 Christians in the lead-up to elections there.
The same radicals who recently murdered 17 Christians in Agwan Wakili attacked another Christian community in Mubushi and Langsong, killing 10 more people and wounding 14 others.
Persecution watchdog International Christian Concern (ICC) reports the militants attacked during the night on March 14 during hot weather. Most of the villagers were sleeping outside while others kept watch after receiving an earlier warning. Instead of using firearms, the militants quietly slipped inside one compound using machetes and axes. They reportedly killed five people before an alarm could be sounded. As they fled, they killed five more people.
“This attack is the political massacre of Christians in places where APC (All Progressives Congress) is likely going to lose the gubernatorial election on 18, March 2023,” a local leader named Dereck told an ICC staffer. “Christian local farmers are facing series of attacks during the period of the election in Nigeria.”
A witness explained the attack is to stop Christians from voting in the gubernatorial race.
“The attack is to displace Christians who will not vote for the ruling APC,” a community leader said.
Their candidate for governor and the deputy governor candidates are both Christians, according to the ICC.
One leader expressed frustration that the government remains silent as these attacks continue. A source said some of the militants are members of the Nigerian army.
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