The Washington based â€œUS Nigeria Law Group (USNLG) has called for the release of 16 Christian children allegedly abducted and Islamised by the Kano State Government two years ago.â€
The children have reportedly been neglected, abused and forcibly converted to Islam, an all too common practice in Sharia states such as Pakistan and the Sharia-controlled regions of Nigeria.
Christian persecution is at genocidal proportions in Africa, while the world focusses on â€œIslamophobia.â€ Kano is the second largest city in Nigeria after Lagos. The abduction of the children is yet another brutal means to expand the Sharia.
â€œUS Law Group Calls For Release Of 16 Christian Orphans Allegedly Abducted, Islamised By Kano Government,â€Â Sahara Reporters, December 28, 2021:
The US Nigeria Law Group (USNLG) has called for the release of 16 Christian children allegedly abducted and Islamised by the Kano State Government two years ago.
According to the Washington-based group, the children were forcibly taken away from two Christian mission orphanages in Kaduna and Kano during a Christmas Day raid in 2019.
This was contained in a statement issued by Emmanuel Ogebe, a principal partner of the group.
The group alleged that Kano State under Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has constituted itself into the most religiously intolerant, aggressive and malicious state in Nigeria.
UNSLG stated: â€œOver a dozen children unjustly taken away from two Christian mission orphanages in Kaduna and Kano spent yet another Christmas in a Muslim orphanage in Kano.
â€œIn a Christmas Day raid, 19 children were first seized from the Kano branch of Du Merci orphanage and taken to Nasarawa Orphanage Kano on 25th December, 2019.
Some of the children have remained in Kano Stateâ€™s custody for two years now and marked their third Christmas in captivity this weekend.
â€œThe police and NAPTIP (National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons) travelled to the Kaduna Du Merci Orphanage where another eight children were taken to join the 19 in Nasarawa Orphanage, Kano on 31st December, 2019. If theyâ€™re not released this week, these children unjustly taken by the government will also mark two years of captivity on New Yearâ€™s Eve.
â€œThe Kano State Ministry of Women Affairs abandoned 2 sick kids in a private hospital and in 2020 released other 8 (15-22 years) children to Christian Association of Nigeria because the children were rebelling for not being allowed to attend church and school.
The eldest orphan who was caring for and protecting the younger ones was sent out of the Nasarawa Orphanage in December 2020.
â€œHowever, 11 children are in Nasarawa Orphanage (10-15 years) and 5 children in Gaya Orphanage (4-8 years). Altogether more than half the seized children remain in their custody.
â€œThe 16 children are being illegally detained by Kano State despite the dismissal of bogus child-trafficking charges against the missionary who established Du Mercy Orphanages â€“ Prof Solomon Tarfa â€“ more than six months ago.
â€œWorst of all, the children have been neglected, abused and Islamizedâ€¦..
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