Speak Out For Nigerian Christians – Open Doors Letter Writing Campaign
We are pleased to share with you a new letter writing campaign directed to the Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Nigeria in Washington, DC. This campaign requests that President Muhammadu Buhari fulfill his campaign promises to protect the vulnerable Christian community in Northern Nigeria.
Christians in Northern Nigeria live in fear due to the persistent violence inflicted by the Islamic terror group, Boko Haram. In addition, those who live in the Middle Belt region are targeted by Fulani herdsmen who have ties to Islamic movements. And Christians who live in states where Sharia Law is enforced endure marginalization and discrimination.
We are hopeful that the situation for Christians will improve now that President Buhari is in office. Many Christian leaders in Nigeria supported his campaign because he pledged to confront Boko Haram and protect religious freedom for all. After he was elected President in April, Buhari promised, “I assure you that our government is one that will listen to all. There shall be no bias against or favoritism for any Nigerian based on ethnicity, religion, region, gender or social status.”
Because President Buhari has expressed a strong commitment to confront the violence of Boko Haram and protect religious freedom, we want to encourage him, through his Chargé d’Affaires at the Nigerian Embassy, to do all that he can do to improve the situation for Christians in his country.
Thank you for advocating with us on behalf of Nigerian Christians!
Please use the sample letter below and do not make changes or mention Open Doors in your letter.
Email your letter to: [email protected]
Mr. Hakeem Balogun
Chargé d’Affaires of the Embassy of Nigeria
Dear Mr. Balogun,
I would like to congratulate you on the recent election and inauguration of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, and extend my best wishes for his term in office. May the almighty God bless you, your government, and the people of Nigeria.
I acknowledge that Nigeria is facing many, very complex challenges and that the people of Nigeria and the international community have high expectations of their president.
I am writing to share my concerns for the plight of the Christian communities in northern Nigeria. They experience terror from Boko Haram as well as from the Fulani herdsmen in the Middle Belt region. In addition, they endure marginalization and discrimination in the Sharia governed states.
Therefore, I wish to express my gratitude for President Buhari’s pledge earlier this year that there shall be no bias against or favouritism for any Nigerian based on ethnicity, religion, region, gender or social status. I am also encouraged by his statement that it is the duty of the Nigerian government to protect the liberty of all citizens, so that they can exercise their faith without fear of hindrance, and to prosecute those who use religion as an excuse to destroy homes, schools, and places of worship and to assist the rebuilding of destroyed places of worship and give full restitution for lost property. These statements give me hope that restoration, reconciliation and peace in northern Nigeria can be achieved.
I respectfully ask your government to do everything possible to protect Christians and their rights in northern Nigeria and that that all perpetrators of violence be prosecuted. Additionally, I would like to ask that the President allow investigation into allegations of financial support for Boko Haram brought against prominent politicians.
Rest assured that I will be praying for you, President Buhari and his government and for your country.
I trust that you will forward my congratulations and concerns to President Buhari and I would be grateful if you would let me know what is being done to address my concerns.
Thanking you in anticipation,