Christian persecution in Nigeria: This shocking report is a vivid illustration of what happens as a result of continued inaction from the Nigerian government and law enforcement apparatus. Muslim Fulani herdsmen, as well as the terrorist group Boko Haram, terrorize and kill Christians in Nigeria with impunity. This has made the situation of Christians in Nigeria, including the Orthodox Christians there, a human rights catastrophe of immense proportions.
The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, continues to implore the United Nations and the governments of all nations that are committed to human rights and religious freedom to make the plight of Nigeria’s Christians a top priority. The Christians of Nigeria are walking the way of the Cross. May our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ also bless them with the joy of a resurrection and new flourishing of their communities.
For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Nigeria from ChristianPersecution.com, see here.
“Intersociety Claims 2,200 Christians Killed in Middle Belt of Nigeria,” International Christian Concern, December 12, 2020:
12/20/2020 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – The International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law (Intersociety), a nonprofit based out of Nigeria, has released a report in which they say that roughly 2,200 Christians have been killed already in 2020 by Fulani militants and Boko Haram throughout Nigeria.
The report states that “From Jan 2020 to this 13th Dec 2020, Intersociety has statistically found that as much as or not less than 2,200 Christians are most likely to have been killed in Nigeria and out of this figure, Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen is responsible for as much as or not less than 1,300 Christian deaths, followed by Boko Haram and its splinter groups (ISWAP and Ansaru) with 500 Christian deaths, Nigerian Army 200 Christian deaths and Jihadist “Bandits” 100 Christian deaths. The 500 Christian deaths by Boko Haram and its splinter groups, arrived at using 60% Muslim and 40% Christian casualty calculation or ratio, had arisen from estimated 1,200 defenseless civilians killed by the jihadists from 1st Jan to 13th Dec 2020. In other words, Nigeria in 2020 has lost average of six Christians per day and 180 per month.”
This number would be close to the total killed in 2018 by Fulani militants, and shows that the country is still in the midst of violence and destruction. The Nigerian government has been able to do little to stem the tide of bloodshed that is spreading throughout the whole of their country. Despite some small success in keeping Boko Haram contained to the Northeast, their complete disregard for the Middle Belt crisis is causing devastation to continue spreading further and further South.