Nigerian militant group Boko Haram's war to eradicate Christianity has resulted in the massacre of around 100,000 people and the displacement of more than two million, according to statistics released by Borno state Gov. Kashim Shettima.
During the Murtala Mohammed lecture at the Shehu Yar'Adua Centre in Abuja, Gov. Shettima presented the paper titled "Managing the Boko Haram Crisis in Borno State, Experiences and Lessons for a Multiparty, Multiethnic and Multireligious Nigeria." He also revealed the result of the Boko Haram insurgency in the country, Premium Times Nigeria details.
"The Boko Haram insurgency has led to deaths of almost 100,000 persons going by the estimates of our community leaders over the years," said Gov. Shettima. "Two million, one hundred and fourteen thousand (2,114,000) persons have become internally displaced as at December of 2016, with five hundred and thirty seven thousand, eight hundred and fifteen (537,815) in separate camps; 158,201 are at official camps that consists of six centres with two transit camps at Muna and Customs House, both in Maiduguri."
In addition, 73,404 people have been forced to seek refuge in neighboring countries such as Niger and Cameroon because of the Boko Haram insurgency. Plus, Shettima said there are now 52,311 orphans who were either separated from their parents or are unaccompanied, and 54,911 widowed women.
The damage that Boko Haram has inflicted on the Borno State has reached $6 billion, Shetimma added.
Upon reflection, Shettima came to learn that conspiracy theories helped undermine previous President Goodluck Jonathan's efforts in combating Boko Haram. Since the militant group launched a suicide attack in 2011, Shettima pointed out that there was a conspiracy theory alleging that Muslim-majority northern leaders created the group to target Christians and shake Jonathan's administration.
According to Shettima, the conspiracy theory about Boko Haram prompted Jonathan's administration to avoid admitting its failure to stem the insurgency while it was still early.
Meanwhile, the youth wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria said more than 900 churches are gone because of Boko Haram's atrocities in the Northeast. The group is now calling on the federal government to rebuild the churches and take concrete steps to curb religious violence in Nigeria, the Daily Post reports.
Moreover, the CAN youths lamented the ongoing attacks against Christians in the area, saying the violence is "no longer accidental." They want Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai to give all people equal rights and privileges regardless of their religion.