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Government Demolishes Largest Synagogue In Nigeria’s Rivers State

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  • Christians and non-Muslims have been persecuted in Nigeria for decades.

The government destroyed a synagogue described by residents and Jewish worshipers as the “biggest synagogue” in Oyigbo – Rivers State, Nigeria.

This follows just five days after soldiers razed at least six synagogues in parts of local communities in Rivers State, southern Nigeria.

Soldiers had killed at least 50 people in the State after violence erupted in Nigeria following a protest by young people calling for an end to police brutality.

Rivers State Governor— Nyesom Wike had ordered crackdown on members of the separatist group—Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), and Igbo Jewish adherents in the region, whom he claims to be terrorists.

“Beth Knesset Amud ha’Emet (Pillar of Truth Synagogue) is the largest synagogue we have here in Rivers State. Wike, who had ordered soldiers to raze other synagogues, also ordered the demolition of this synagogue,” Chizaram Samuel told Africa Guardian.

Christians and non-Muslims have been persecuted in Nigeria for decades.

The persecution has worsened and thousands of Christians have been killed by both jihadists and Muslim-led government forces, since Muhammadu Buhari— a Muslim often accused of sponsoring jihadists with an agenda to Islamize Nigeria, took power as president.

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