In what sounded more like the reason for inviting Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari at this moment to White House, U.S. President Donald J. Trump has warned that his country will no longer accept the further murder of Christians in Nigeria by herdsmen and other Islamic extremists and terrorists.
“We have had very serious problems with Christians who are being murdered in Nigeria, we are going to be working on that problem very, very hard because we cannot allow that to happen,” Trump said.
But going by the report of a prominent U.S. group, Open Doors USA, the Buhari administration is complicit and can therefore not be relied upon by the Trump administration to achieve this goal.
In a carefully crafted op-ed by its President/CEO, David Curry, which was published first, by America’s most widely circulated print newspaper, USA Today and later by The Atlantic Post, the protection of Christians in Nigeria can only be achieved by an international coalition.
He said, “World community must work together to stop increasing anti-Christian violence in Nigeria. New wave of Islamic extremism can’t be allowed to succeed.”
“When he meets with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari Monday, President Trump needs to seize this opportunity to call Buhari to account for allowing unchecked atrocities against Christians in his country.
“While Boko Haram has made headlines for murdering and terrorizing people in Nigeria, in this case President Buhari is allowing members of his own ancestral group — the Fulani — to attack innocent communities.
“The unimpeded actions of this group of extremists, loosely known as “militant Fulani herdsmen,” are creating a humanitarian crisis of shocking proportions in Nigeria.
“Indeed, most people have never even heard about this brutal group, which earlier this month executed an attack that killed 19 Christians.
“President Trump must not pass up a prime opportunity to fight this injustice by facing down its chief enabler. Buhari intends to speak with Trump about the promotion of economic growth, fighting terrorism, and building on Nigeria’s role as a democratic leader in the region.
“But the conversation must not stop there.
“Buhari’s Fulani kin are responsible for hundreds of deaths already in 2018, attacking villages and forcing thousands of people to flee their homes and land. The scale of the Fulani aggression threatens to surpass Boko Haram’s reign of terror, based on the sheer number of deaths.”
David Curry concluded by saying, “Just as with Boko Haram, the Fulani’s violence must be acknowledged in White House hallways, covered by media with depth and nuance, and confronted by the leaders of the free world, beginning with President Trump when he meets on Monday with President Buhari.”