Terrorists on Maiduguri-Damaturu road abduct only Christians – Islamic cleric alleges

Terrorists on Maiduguri-Damaturu road abduct only Christians – Islamic cleric alleges

An Islamic cleric identified as Kallamu Musa Ali Dikwa has revealed that members of the Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) in Borno State have been kidnapping Christian passengers at roadblocks while leaving Muslims.

Dikwa, who is also the Director-General, Centre for Justice on Religion and Ethnicity in Nigeria, made the disclosure on Friday.

He said for three weeks now, the terrorists have been stopping vehicles along Maiduguri-Damaturu Road at Mainok and kidnapping motorists and commuters with reckless abandon, SaharaReporters says.

Dikwa said, "This has been going on for two to three weeks now, along Maiduguri-Damaturu Road. When ISWAP kidnap passengers in a bus, they keep the Christian passengers captive and release the Muslim passengers, this is not just once, it has been happening. They just stop the car, enter into the bush, release the Muslims and hold the Christians captive.

"Just recently, a bus driver was stopped and they asked how many Christians are in the bus, he said two, they picked those two and the rest continued on their journey. This thing is getting to another dimension.

"Our people are afraid. We don't even have security. It is terrible. Yet, northern leaders are already holding political meetings, thinking of who wants to be the next president of Nigeria when insecurity is ravaging the nation."

Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah recently wrote to the United States House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee on Religious Freedom, alleging the persecution of Christians in Nigeria based on their faith and not crimes.

"There have been dastardly actions directed at Christians because of their faith. We have cases of pastoral agents, such as priests and nuns, who have been kidnapped, released after the payment of ransom or brutally murdered. Churches, medical facilities, presbyteries have been razed to the ground with no provocations from the communities," he said.

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