(Photo: Reuters/Juda Ngwenya)
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), has told U.S. lawmakers that Christians in Nigeria are an endangered species, and that it has now become "open season" on Christians in the African nation.
The pastor met with lawmakers to seek aid in combating Islamic groups that have been continuously attacking Christian communities throughout the past few years. The attacks have come particular in the northern part of the country where Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram are on a mission to fully Islamize Nigeria.
CAN's president told lawmakers that the most troubling development is that Islamists have begun targeting not only churches, but also schools - firing into classrooms when children are in attendance.
This is because "Islamists have declared all schools except those teaching Islam illegal, and Boko Haram is intent on enforcing that law, as well as others drawn from Sharia Islamic law."
"It is open season on Nigeria's Christians," Oritesejafor told the legislators.
Pastor Oritsejafor said that the U.S. was perhaps the last hope for Nigerian Christians, adding, "America has a strong history of civil rights, and my hope is that our brothers here can awaken the conscience of humanity to stop this genocide."