342679_Boko-Haram-militants  copyFor five years, bombs and bullets from Nigeria’s Islamist group Boko Haram have ripped through churches and their members, raising concerns over the security of Christians in majority Muslim regions of the country. But as similar attacks ignite violent reprisals by pro-Christian militias in the Central African Republic, Christian leaders in Nigeria continue to insist on a path of dialogue and nonviolence. The clerics have also pressed President Goodluck Jonathan to use the state security services against the militants. These Christian leaders want Jonathan to negotiate with Boko Haram leadership and end the campaign of terror. Recently, militants have slaughtered both Christians and Muslims in the states of Borno, Adamawa and Yobe. “We are living in perpetual fear and tension here in Maiduguri,” said the Rev. John Bakeni, secretary of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri in Borno. MORE