JC Event – Congressional Briefing, Crisis in Northern Nigeria: An Update Thursday, April 25th 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Cannon House Office Building, Room 234

(Lunch will be provided)

Continuing violence by the Islamist group Boko Haram in 2012 and into 2013 has left over 1000 Christians dead and numerous churches destroyed or damaged. Although northern Nigeria accounts for more deaths of Christians in 2012 than the rest of the world combined, a soft-pedal approach towards Nigerian Islamists by the U.S. Department of State is allowing Nigeria to be pushed to the brink of civil war in the wake of a pre-genocide. This 2nd Biennial briefing by Justice for Jos, a Project of Jubilee Campaign, in collaboration with the Washington Working Group on Nigeria, will present an update on the terrorist insurgency of Boko Haram by international and Nigerian experts who will provide first-hand testimony on recent events, local as well as international efforts to de-escalate the conflict, and a report documenting the 2012 atrocities.

Experts Include:

Emmanuel Ogebe, Special Counsel Justice for Jos, engaged at the International Criminal Court on crimes against humanity in Nigeria and lead author of the 2012 report by Jubilee Campaign and Justice for Jos Project.

Edward Pwajok, Attorney General, Plateau State.

Former Federal Congresswoman Martha Bodunrin, who buried 500 constituents after the Dogo Nahawa massacre of March 2010.

Mark Lipdo, Stefanos Foundation, which is monitoring and tracking attacks in Nigeria as well as helping to care for victims.

The Honorable Zainab Dogo, a female Muslim Member of the Plateau State House of Assembly.

Laolu Akande – Executive Director of the Christian Association of Nigerian Americans who led a recent relief effort to Nigeria.

State Congresswoman Rifkatu Samson – the only female member and sole Christian in Bauchi State House of Assembly, suspended for over a year for speaking out on behalf of her Christian constituency.

Mindy Belz, an American journalist who toured northern Nigeria at a time when Westerners were being killed.

Please RSVP to info@westminster-institute.org

For questions about the event, please contact Kelley McLean, Jubilee Campaign 703-503-0791

We look forward to seeing you.