Former Congressman Frank Wolf has noted that Christians in Nigeria, who are among the millions of displaced people suffering due to the action of radical groups, are feeling abandoned by Western churches that are failing to speak out on the developing humanitarian tragedy.
Wolf, who is a Distinguished Senior Fellow of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, told The Christian Post in a phone interview that he was part of a delegate team that visited Nigeria in February, and got to witness first hand the difficulties that internally displaced people face.
“People of faith, Christians, feel very much forgotten. Nigeria is fractured and is breaking down in so many ways, and it seems that the world has forgotten about it,” he reflected on his interactions with Christians there.
“They feel abandoned by the West, and by the Church in the West. You are not hearing many in the West advocating (for them). They would expect that the faith community in the West, Europe, would be advocating, speaking out,” Wolf told CP.
While Nigerian Christians and regular citizens have been targeted by the radical Boko Haram group since 2009, there has also been a very alarming rise in attacks carried out by Fulani herdsmen against Christian farmers in land disputes, leading to hundreds of deaths in the past year.
Groups such as the International Christian Concern have said that the raids on Christian farmers are at least partly motivated by religion, but Wolf said that the Fulani attacks are a combination of various factors.
He added that terror concern in the African country has been rising rapidly in the past few years, with some today even more worried about the Fulani radicals than Boko Haram.
“Everywhere we went, the issue of Boko Haram came up. But secondly, the issue of the Fulani militants came up even more,” the former Congressman said of his trip.
The 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, which is focused on promoting religious freedom as a fundamental human right, put together a detailed report on the crisis in Nigeria, and made several recommendations for how the United States government can help.
Wolf said that the first recommendation is especially important, namely creating a Special Envoy for Nigeria and the Lake Chad Region.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post