Seventy percent of Christians killed around the world in 2012
died in the African country of Nigeria, where the persecution
"I think the actual number is 900 Christians were killed in 2012
in Nigeria," reports William Stark of International
Christian Concern (ICC). "This year, it's something like 150
[killed] at this point."
Boko Haram, a Muslim terrorist group, has taken credit for
persecuting Christians in Nigeria, mostly in the northern region of
ICC recently reported the murder of a Nigerian pastor, Faye Pama
Musa. He was followed home by suspected Boko Haram militants, who
pulled the pastor from his home and shot him.
Goodluck Jonathan, the president of Nigeria, has declared an
emergency in the northern states, including where Musa was killed,
and he has committed the military to go up against the
So far, the U.S. Department of State has refused to declare Boko
Haram a terrorist group. Secretary of State John Kerry (D-MA)
recently chastised Nigeria for its human rights abuses but also
said the country has a right to protect itself against Boko Haram,
But if that designation is granted, assets can be frozen and
other steps taken to shut down or reduce the flow of money to
finance the terrorist organization's activities.