A Nigerian militant Christian group has threatened to attack Muslims and mosques if Boko Haram attacks Christians and churches.
On Saturday, the Niger Delta Revolutionary Crusaders (NDRC) vowed to avenge Christians if Boko Haram carries out its new leader's threat to burn down churches in the northern region. The Christian militant group's spokesman said they will not take silently the shedding of innocent Christians' blood in the Niger Delta or other regions in Nigeria, All Africa reports.
"But, we want to warn them that we, the Niger Delta youths, in this 21st century will not accept killing of innocent Christians or burning of churches. That if they try it in the north or any part of Nigeria, we the Niger Delta youths will not see any Muslim or mosque in the Niger Delta," NDRC spokesman W O I Izon-Ebi said in a statement.
Moreover, the NDRC representative said they will not protest if President Muhammadu Buhari will grant amnesty to the Boko Haram if the latter wants to have its own caliphate in the northern region. However, the group said the Islamic caliphate should not be shifted to the Niger Delta.
NDRC then urged Buhari to stand as the country's leader and inspire unity just as former President Goodluck Jonathan did.
The Christian militant group's warning came after new Boko Haram leader Abu Masab al-Barnawi threatened to kill Christians and burn down churches last Wednesday. In a statement posted on Islamic State newspaper al-Nabaa, Barnawi said they are recruiting people who share the same goal of fighting against "Christianization," Christian Today relays.
The exchange of threats and warnings between the Boko Haram and NDRC comes a month after the Christian Association of Nigeria condemned Buhari's administration for allegedly propagating violence against non-Muslims. The organization also warned that Christians will rise up and defend themselves after a female minister was hacked to death by suspected Muslim fanatics during her early morning preaching.