Tuesday, June 5
Capitol Hill Visitor Center
9 AM – 1 PM
Focus: Religious Freedom and Human Rights in Nigeria
Hosted by International Christian Concern
ICC's Largest Advocacy Event of the Year
Join us at the U.S. Capitol to hear Senators and Congressmen deliver remarks and participate in panel discussions with experts on human rights issues in Nigeria. Seize the chance to interact with leaders and show your support for important legislative efforts to improve life for the persecuted and oppressed in Nigeria.
Policy Day Confirmed Speakers
Student, Southeastern University
Joy was kidnapped by Boko Haram and escaped.
Stephen S. Enada
Executive President & Co-Founder International Committee on Nigeria (ICON)
Fellow, Brookings Institution
Senior Policy Analyst, Heritage Foundation
Director of Policy and Coalitions, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative
Dr. Kent Ingle
President, Southeastern University
Escalating Violence in Nigeria’s Middle Belt
International Christian Concern began publishing monthly reports in January of this year to draw attention to escalating violence in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria. The reports focus on the actions of Fulani militants and Boko Haram terrorists against Christians. Both groups have engaged in hostile actions against not only Christians, but other ethnic and religious groups in the region. Historically, Boko Haram has dominated the headlines and overshadowed the buildup of violence by extremist sections of the Fulani in the Middle Belt.
Military Efforts Insufficient
The Nigerian military has acted to thwart the operational capabilities of Boko Haram, but the group is by no means defeated as the Nigerian president has claimed. Moreover, ICC believes the persistent attacks by the extremist sections of the Fulani demonstrate either incompetence, neglect or a degree of complicity on the part of the Nigerian military. Villages that have been attacked have in many cases been within sight of military outposts or checkpoints. Yet the military has rarely successfully intervened and stopped an attack.
Call for Action
Both Boko Haram and the Fulani have overwhelmingly targeted Christian communities. The Nigerian government must act to 1) reclaim the land that has been stolen by Fulani militants and issue it back to its original owners; 2) rebuild communities that have been destroyed; 3) protect Nigerian citizens from future attacks, abductions, violence and disorder perpetrated by Boko Haram and the Fulani.