Radical Islamists are continuing their persecution of Christians in the African nation of Nigeria.

This time, they are threatening to behead Christian Pastor Bulus Yakuru if the Nigerian government doesn’t accede to their demands.

Breitbart reported the following:

“On Wednesday, February 24, Boko Haram released a video threatening to kill the pastor in one week if their demands to the Nigerian government were not met.

A black-masked Boko Haram terrorist wearing camouflage gear stands behind the pastor brandishing a knife, as the pastor, clad in an orange jumpsuit, insists that his captors issued him an ultimatum, threatening to kill him a week from that date.

‘I’m calling on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Governor of Borno to help me because I have been given a one-week ultimatum today, February 24,″ the pastor said.

‘If you want me alive, I beg you in your capacity as President, the governor and our local government chairman to save me from this suffering,’ he added. “I’m calling on the EYN Church of the Brethren President to intervene and secure my release. Please pray for me. Please release me from this pain.’

As Breitbart News reported, on Christmas Eve 2020, a band of armed Boko Haram militants stormed the mostly Christian village of Pemi, near Chibok, in Borno State, on trucks and motorcycles, opening fire on villagers and killing eleven. The jihadists set buildings ablaze, including a church, and stole food and medical supplies.”

In 2019, The Christian Post reported: “Church leaders said that over 6,000 persons, mostly children, women, and the aged have been maimed and killed in night raids by armed Fulani herdsmen … killing, maiming, burning, and destruction of churches and other sacred places of worship, and forceful seizure and occupation of ancestral, worship, farming and dwelling lands of the indigenous Christians.”

This is genocide.

According to Open Doors: Of the top 50 countries where Christians are persecuted, 35 of them are majority Christian; and 30 of the top 50 have seen a rise in Christian persecution in the past year…The Islamist movement is the part of Islam which embraces a clear political agenda for bringing nations under Muslim domination and Sharia law.”

The international community seems to be ignoring the rising tide of anti-Christian violence. In the US, the media is more focused on lesser threats from white nationalists. Crimes committed by white nationalists are dwarfed by the crimes committed against Christians by radical jihadists.

Christians have been persecuted since the beginning, going back to the time of Christ and the apostles. The apostles were martyred for trying to spread the word of the gospel throughout the world. Similar events are taking place today.

The bible says: “If you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name” (1 Peter 4:16).

Unfortunately, many Christians are suffering the same fate as their church forefathers. It is time for the international community to wake up and do something about it.

Our prayers are with Pastor Yakuru.