Benjamin Watson (former NFL Star) and John Stonestreet (Colson Center) to Speak Out Against Christian Persecution in Nigeria
October 27th, NFL Star Benjamin Watson, John Stonestreet, and other special guests will condemn the persecution and slaughter of Christians in Nigeria at a virtual town-hall event.
Recent protests in Nigeria have focused on the police brutality of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS). Heavy-handed police and special units have been accused of corruption, abuse and killings. In addition to SARS, there have been over 90,000 innocent lives – mainly women and children – who have been lost as a result of terrorist attacks throughout Nigeria since 2000,
WASHINGTON, D.C., October 16, 2020 – The urgent need for the United States to send a special envoy to Nigeria and the Lake Chad region to address ongoing persecution is highlighted in a new book written by Reverend Johnnie Moore and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the International Committee on Nigeria (ICON) announced today. The book titled, “The Next Jihad,” was released just days after ICON announced the results of a North Carolina survey, which found the overwhelming majority of voters are aware of persecution in Nigeria and two-thirds are more likely to vote for President Trump if he sends a special envoy to Nigeria to address the issue.
NFL Star Benjamin Watson to Speak Out Against
Religious Persecution, Slaughter in Nigeria
On September 16th, NFL Star Benjamin Watson, Rep. Chris Smith, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, Rep. Frank Wolf and John Stonestreet, will condemn the religious persecution and slaughter taking place in Nigeria at an awareness event. More than 90,000 innocent lives – mainly women and children – have been lost as a result of terrorist attacks throughout Nigeria since 2000, including 60,000 killed by Boko Haram and Fulani Militants in the country’s Middle Belt region.
Last month, we launched our newest campaign called Hear Their Voices. This campaign places attention on the tragic Silent Slaughter of innocent individuals in remote places and villages within Nigeria.
This 8-week campaign is a way for ICON to bring attention and focus to the effects of terrorism on women and children throughout the country. After the brutal attacks and killings of husbands and fathers, these individuals are left to fend for themselves with little to no support from the government.
Throughout the campaign, we have been posting articles,
ICON Demands Accountability After Terrorists Implicate Nigerian Government; Reveal Next Phase is Civil War
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 12, 2020 The International Committee on Nigeria (ICON), a nonprofit working to secure a future for all Nigerians, is demanding accountability after it was revealed for the first time publicly that a Northern Nigeria governor is commanding Boko Haram. In a live interview, former deputy governor of Nigeria’s Central Bank Dr. Obadiah Mailafia said repentant terrorists told him this directly. He also said now that terrorists have infiltrated Southern Nigeria, their plan is to start a civil war by the year 2022 and that the Buhari Administration is complicit. Since going public with this knowledge,
ICON’s Data Tome Shows Nigeria is a Ticking Time Bomb; ICON Argues That if Nigeria Implodes, So Goes the Whole of Africa; Western Intervention is Needed Now
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 28, 2020 – The International Committee on Nigeria (ICON), a nonprofit working to secure a future for all Nigerians, launched a new Data Tome (“report”) today proving the religious persecution and genocide that has been occurring in Nigeria over the last 20 years. The report includes recent testimonies of some of the more than 60,000 victims in Nigeria,
Welcome to the first issue of Religious Freedom and Global Security News, a project of the International Committee on Nigeria (ICON).
COVID-19 has stopped the world in its tracks – and yet, religious persecution continues at an alarming rate. Last month, terrorists in Nigeria killed approx. 250 innocent people. That’s more than 8 people killed each day, on average, and far more than the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Nigeria, as of May 18.
This newsletter will report on what’s happening with respect to religious persecution –
IRIGWE GENOCIDE: The Slaughter of a People
Irigwe-land is under attack. The past few years have seen an increase in, and more coordinated, attacks by the Fulani militants that have slaughtered her people.
The Irigwe people group has resided in Nigeria for centuries. They are predominantly Christian adherents and were the origin of Christian missions in the Middle-Belt and North since Roland Bingham arrived in the late 1800s.
They are believed to be a small people group with a population between 100,000.
Genocide is taking place in Nigeria.
Boko Haram has killed over 27,000 civilians, more than ISIS killed in Iraq and Syria combined. According to the Global Terrorism Index, Nigeria is the world’s third most dangerous country after Afghanistan and Iraq.
For over twenty years, Nigeria has been experiencing a silent slaughter of genocide. The International Committee On Nigeria (ICON), along with the International Organisation for Peace-building and Social Justice (PSJ), have collected and organized data from reputable sources.
These sources include Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLEDdata.com), Nigeria Security Tracker (CFR.org),
The conflict: thousands have been killed; hundreds of thousands more displaced
The silence: from the Nigerian
government, limited to no local and international press, no public
The complexity: religious, ethnic, environmental, political, and geographical elements – misrepresented as a simple “local land dispute”
In Nigeria, 60,000 people have been brutally killed since 2001. Radicalized extremists, such as Boko Haram and Fulani militants, are carrying out a bloody campaign against the poor and rural populations, who are predominantly Christian.
It’s time to stop this silent slaughter.
Thomas Jefferson wrote what he considered to be the greatest accomplishments of his life, the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom in 1777, where he said people have a “natural right” to worship God according to the dictates of their consciences. James Madison would use this statute as a model while drafting the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The sentiment carried forward nearly two centuries later, when Religious Freedom Day was first proclaimed in January 1993. Past presidents have used this occasion to ask Americans to take