- The Washington Times - Sunday, May 5, 2013

More than 900 Christians were slaughtered in Nigeria last year, giving it the distinction of being the nation with the highest Christian death toll.

All were victims of the Boko Haram group and other Islamic militants, CBN News reports.

“They are so radical they don’t even spare Muslims. If Muslims are sympathetic to any cause at all … if they are sympathetic to the Christians cause, or the minorities cause, they are also termed as infidels,” Mark Lipdo, program coordinator for the Stefanos Foundation, told CBN News.

Lawyer Emmanuel Ogebe warned that the country may be teetering on the brink of a full-fledged religious war.

“Because of the massive Christian [and] Muslim population in Nigeria, there is no country on Earth that is as rich and as ready for a religious war. All the elements, all of the ingredients are there,” he said.

Radicals already have killed more than 120 Nigerians, most of them Christians, this year, CBN News reports.

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• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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