There was little coverage in the major media outlets regarding the recent visit from Nigerian president, Mohammadu Buhari and the White House meeting with the President. The liberal media accused the President of trashing third-world countries such as Nigeria in his infamous “shithole” reference. Although not specifically naming Nigeria the media quickly came to that conclusion and believe it is an indication of Trump’s “racist” tendencies. If that be the case, the President seems willing to “play nice” with President Buhari and help the Nigerian government fight terrorism. This would benefit both nations as the Nigerian president is struggling against the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram. Boko Haram is the militant Islamic terrorist group that has brought cruelty and death to thousands of civilians in the past decade. Boko Haram literally means “Western education is forbidden.” The group first gained notoriety in 2003 by carrying out multiple attacks on local police stations. In addition to creating chaos their aim is to impose Sharia Law on local residents. In 2014 they gained the world’s attention when they held 276 school girls captive. There have been more such incidents since then that were less publicized. Women taken by Boko Haram become sex slaves and are trained in terrorist activities. Nigerian government forces are ill-equipped, inadequately trained and unmotivated and perform poorly in clashes with Boko Haram. While the previous administration refused to sell the Nigerians weapons, President Trump has agreed to a sale of 12 counter insurgency aircraft. Withholding American support strengthens Boko Haram’s efforts to create an Islamic state with ISIS. This sale, however came with “strings” attached. President Trump would like to see a greater effort on the part of President Buhari to halt widespread execution of Christians.
Boko Haram has killed both Muslims and Christians, but under Sharia Law, infidels unwilling to convert to Islam are condemned. President Trump made it clear that he would like to see an end to killing civilians of all faiths. Nigeria is not alone in it’s persecution of Christians. We have witnessed wholesale slaughter of Christians by ISIS in Iraq and Syria as well as by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. Christian churches were torched in large numbers in Egypt and even our NATO ally Turkey has persecuted Christians. President Obama proclaimed that Islam was a religion of peace, but as practiced under Sharia Law that is not the case. It appears to me that President Trump is speaking up publicly for Christians even more so than the pope. Our struggle against Islamic terrorism is also the struggle for Christians everywhere.