Jihadists from the deadly terrorist group, Boko Haram, have overrun the predominantly Christian villages around Chibok, North-eastern Nigeria, where 276 schoolgirls were abducted two years ago.
“Chibok is now under Boko Haram siege,” the chairman of the chairman of the Chibok local government area, Yaga Yarkawa, said in an announcement made in Maiduguri on Tuesday.
The attacks have forced hundreds of people to flee the communities as the Islamic terrorists loot and burn the villages in a scorched earth strategy. Yaga Yarkawa said nine villages around Chibok town have been attacked and burned down in the last two weeks.
A resident of Chibok, who does not want to be named, spoke with Global Christian News on phone and said, “The government claims that it is has defeated Boko Haram and only a remnant is left is completely false. They have killed soldiers and they are now destroying our villages?”
One of the pastors who also does not want to be named said, “They are determined to destroy us simply because we are Christians, that is all. How many Muslim communities have they attacked and why are they destroying our villages and forcing Christians to convert to Islam or leave?”
Boko Haram has escalated its attack in communities in Maiduguri since the release of 21 Chibok girls in which money and Boko Haram fighters were exchanged for the girls, an allegation which the Nigerian government has vehemently denied.