The December 25, 2019, killing of 11 Christians by a Boko Haram affiliate, Islamic State West Africa Province, ISWAP, has drawn more condemnations of the Federal Government from the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, PFN and regional bodies in the country with Afenifere, Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF and Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF, accusing the government of negligence.
They also described the action of the terror group as sad and barbaric. They also carpeted the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, President-General of Supreme Council of Islamic Affairs, NSCIA, who had few days earlier, said he was shocked by the claim of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, that Christians were being persecuted in the country. Also, Christian Concern, ICC, has expressed displeasure at the unimpressive response of President Muhammadu Buhari and the Sultan of Sokoto to the issue of persecution of Christians in some parts of the country, saying rather than pursue genuine and positive steps towards curbing Islamic militancy in the country, Nigerian Muslim leaders have continued to be hypocritical and live in blatant denial of the truth. This came as a coalition of Nigerians in Diaspora commended the US State Department and Government for its decision, after years of advocacy, to place Nigeria on the Watch list of Persecuting Countries, the last stop before full designation as a Country of Particular Concern, CPC.