Kristne i Nigeria slo tirsdag tilbake og angrep muslimer i en by i sør.

Christian mobs rampaged through a southern Nigerian city Tuesday, burning mosques and killing several people in an outbreak of anti-Muslim violence that followed deadly protests against caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad over the weekend.

Residents and witnesses in the southern, predominantly Christian city of Onitsha said several Muslims with origins in the north were beaten to death by mobs which also burned two mosques there.

«The mosque at the 2_kommentar market has been burnt and I’ve counted at least six dead bodies on the streets,» Izzy Uzor, an Onitsha resident and businessman, told The Associated Press by telephone. «The whole town is in a frenzy and people are running in all directions.»( ap)

Anti-Muslim Riot in Nigeria Turns Deadly

Evangeliske Christian Association of Nigeria sier det er et mønster i angrepene på de kristne. Islamister følger en plan om å gjøre Nigeria muslimsk. Muhammed-tegningene er bare et påskudd til å angripe kristne og kirker.

Men tålmodigheten til de unge kristne tar snart slutt, advarer reverend Akinola.

Having watched with sadness and dismay the recent development in some States in the Northern part of this Country where many Christian Churches and other property have been wantonly destroyed by some Islamic fundamentalists, the Christian Association of Nigeria is compelled to issue the following statements:

From all indications, it is very clear now that the sacrifices of the Christians in this country for peaceful co-existence with people of other faiths has been sadly misunderstood to be weakness
We have for a long time now watched helplessly the killing, maiming and destruction of Christians and their property by Muslim fanatics and fundamentalists at the slightest or no provocation at all. We are not unaware of the fact that these religious extremists have the full backup and support of some influential Muslims who are yet to appreciate the value of peaceful co-existence.
That an incident in far away Denmark which does not claim to be representing Christianity could elicit such an unfortunate reaction here in Nigeria, leading to the destruction of Christian Churches, is not only embarrassing, but also disturbing and unfortunate.
It is no longer a hidden fact that a long standing agenda to make this Nigeria an Islamic nation is being surreptitiously pursued. The willingness of Muslim Youth to descend with violence on the innocent Christians from time to time is from all intents and purposes a design to actualize their dream.

Vestlige aviser kvier seg for å skrive rett ut at kristne massakreres. De foretrekker å omskrive det til «opptøyer» der kristne og muslimer går løs på hverandre, til tross for at det ikke finnes dekning for det i meldingene. Hvis noen bryter seg inn i et hus og eieren forsvarer seg, er det ikke slagsmål.

Vesten er i det hele tatt svært motvillig til å engasjere seg for kristne i andre verdensdeler. Det kan endre seg, når kristenhetens tyngdepunkt forflytter seg utenfor Europa og Nord-Amerika. Det kaster helt nye momenter og aktører inn i forholdet mellom islam og kristne. Hvordan vil Europa reagerre på å bli relegert til et sideshow?

Reaction of the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, The Most Revd Peter Akinola on recent events in Nigeria