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Don’t believe everything you see or hear in the news

That’s what I was reminded of today when listening to “In the Market with Janet Parshall” on my local Moody Radio station while commuting home from work. Mrs. Parshall had Gregory Treat from Jubilee Campaign give an update on what was going on in northern Nigeria.

Treat talked about their efforts to get the U.S. State Dept. to include Boko Haram, the terrorist group attacking Christians in Nigeria, on their list of terrorist organizations. Thus far their efforts have been unsuccessful because, as Treat believes, the State Dept. is giving aid in the region to help the poor believing that political corruption and Nigeria’s lack of movement toward economic development in that part of Nigeria are what hinder the northern Nigerians’ progress and they don’t want to ruffle feathers. However, he pointed out that they are poor because they choose to be since they are in area dominated by Islamists. Many of the poor have sworn off doing anything that resembles Western society based on their Islamist leanings, including education and socioeconomic development.

But the part of the conversation that really caught my attention is when Treat pointed out that Reuters distributed misinformation when they reported last month that Christians executed reprisal attacks in response to Boko Haram’s attacks. Treat said there was no proof that Christians ever attacked any Muslims and that one Nigerian official, Sati Dakwat, quoted in Reuters’ article released a public statement denying that Reuters contacted him and denying he ever talked to Reuters. Furthermore, Treat added the 10 killed mentioned in the article were killed by Nigeria’s security forces who showed up on the scene right after the bombing of a church and fired randomly into the crowd to gain control in the midst of the melee.

Treat finally warned that misreporting like Reuters did only serves to make a bad situation worse by fomenting more violence.

Source: George Treat. Nigeria’s Church Under Attack. In the Market with Janet Parshall broadcast, April 4, 2012.

–Harry A. Gaylord–

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