“This is a message to all those being used by infidels to convert Muslims to Christianity."
Hooded man armed with an assault rifle, surrounded by four others, invective the viewer. In front of them, five men are on their knees, blindfolded. The terrorist fall silent, guns speak, the humanitarians are shot.
The scene seems to have been filmed in Nigeria, Borno state and is reportedly the work of the organization Khalifa, a division of Boko Haram. Three of Nigerians killed have been identified as Christians. Two of them were employed by humanitarian associations: Ishaku Yakubu for Action against Hunger and Luka Filibus for International Rescue Committee, Joseph Prince for a security company. The other two executed would be Muslims.
Nigeria president Muhammadu Buhari expressed his compassion “for the families of the five humanitarian workers” and promised jihadists would be “totally eliminated". He added that security agencies within the state “will cooperate closely” with the NGOs concerned “to implement measures to ensure that such abductions of their staff cannot happen again”.
But since his election in 2015, he has continued to promise the end of the jihadist insurgency without achieving it despite the formation, in the same year, of an anti-terrorist coalition with Niger, Cameroon and Chad, the Multinational Force Mixed (FMM).
Last January, after the executions by the Islamic State Organization in West Africa of Rev. Lawan Andami and student Ropvil Daciya Dalep, Christian Solidarity International asked the United Nations Security Council about genocide Christians and people considered “unfaithful” by armed groups.
In its 2020 report, Open Doors ranked Nigeria as the 12th largest of the countries in which