A Christian group under the aegis of the Young Christian Forum of Nigeria (YCFN) has refuted the claims making the rounds that over 1500 Nigerians have been killed in the last six months due to their religious beliefs.
The former United States Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo had made this claim some time ago, faulting President Muhammadu Buhari for persecuting Christians under his watch.
But the YCFN, through its secretary Roland Raffah, have dismissed such claims, labelling them as lies and a ploy by the US to pit Nigerian Christians against other religious groups in the country.
The group also applauded Buhari for doing so much to ensure religious harmony in the country under his administration.
The statement reads: “In light of the recent report released by Mike Pompeo, a former Secretary of State of the United States of America, wherein he mischievously alleged that Christians in Nigeria had been targeted for extinction, adding that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, is not doing enough to protect religious freedom.”
Noting that Pompeo exhibited ignorance on the happening in Nigeria, the forum said: “Our position remains that Mike Pompeo is out on a slander campaign, given that any empirical evidence cannot back his position.”
“We also frown at the deliberate attack on the Buhari led administration, where he alleged that the current administration had suppressed the news of the killings of Christians by masking it as a farmer-herder crisis. This is unfortunate.”