A rights group based in Onitsha, the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, also known as Intersociety has warned of a possible reprisal attack on Muslims by Christians if the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government failed to tackle the continued killing of Christians by their Muslim brothers.
In a press statement made available to reporters and signed by the Chairman Board of Trustees of the group, Comrade Emeka Umeaugbalasi, it said that from its investigations, the killing of Christians in the North may reach a stage where it may be hard for Christians to bear it any more.
Chronicling the various killings of Christians in the country within a year, Intersociety said “over 250 members of Igbo-Christian Nigerians have also been massacred while over 400 others terminally shot and maimed between 30th of August 2015 and 30th of May 2016; a period of nine months.
“The massacre and maiming of these innocent and unarmed citizens took place in Southeast and South-south regions of Nigeria and were perpetrated by Nigerian security forces”.
It regretted that to date, “the Government of President Buhari, which has constitutional powers of securing and ensuring lives and properties of all Nigerians, including holy places of worship has neither tamed the butchers nor fished out their perpetrators.
“As we speak, none of the perpetrators has been fished out and put on trial. That is to say that Government is fully aiding and abetting the sundry ethno-religious cleansing and butcheries.
“When Government aids and abets crimes, it becomes expressly culpable. The unwillingness and inability of the Buhari administration to protect the Christian populations in Nigeria and uphold the sanctity of secularity and collective security of all Nigerians are alarming and deafening.”
They warned that, “Failure of the Christian clergies in Nigeria to lead the way to ensure cessation and stoppage of these butcheries may most likely be a call for reprisal radicalization by their laities.
“Christians in Nigeria must not be forced to return to Medieval Saint Augustine era or Augustinian Epoch during which competent defense of Christian Faith by all means marked out a successful defender as a martyr and mandatory Heaven maker if killed in battle fronts or triumphed over enemies.
“The Buhari administration must, therefore, rise to the occasion and desist from teaching Christians in Nigeria the hard way in defense of their Faith and right to freedom of religion and worship”.