3.462 Christians killed in Nigeria in 2021

According to a report published Sunday, July 18 by Intersociety, 3,462 Christians were killed in 2021 in Nigeria, murders perpetrated by members of Boko Haram and radicalized Fulani herders. 

The International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety), has just published his latest rapport, Sunday July 18 on the persecution of Christians in Nigeria. This document reveals that 3,462 Christians were killed in 2021 by Fulani activists and members of Boko Haram, 3000 Christians were kidnapped while 300 churches and ten priests were attacked.

“The number of churches threatened or attacked and closed or destroyed or burnt down since January 2021 is also estimated at around 300 with at least ten priests or pastors kidnapped or killed by the jihadists. "

In Nigeria, the state of Taraba is the most affected by attacks by Fulani militants and jihadists with "at least seventy churches threatened or attacked and closed or burned or destroyed".

While those responsible for these anti-Christian massacres continue to elude justice, they are neither controlled nor followed by the Nigerian government leading to "impunity and repeated atrocities," says the NGO. The victims and their families are also being abandoned by the government according to the report:

“The Nigerian government continued to be the subject of strong criticism and harsh accusations of complicity in the killings and their supervision. "

The police act with "ferocity" against the Christians and they are arrested on false charges.

In northern Nigeria, jihadists operate freely and "kidnap, kill, loot, destroy, burn their homes and sacred places of worship" and forcibly convert captive Christians to the Islamic religion.

Radicalized Fulani and jihadists are also responsible for attacks against indigenous Hausa Muslims in the states of Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and Kebbi considered as "unclean Muslims":

“In Kebbi State, for example, Muslim Fulani bandits target and kill or kidnap both Christians and Muslims; holding against their fellow Muslims a belief that 'indigenous Hausa Muslims are not pure Muslims'. "

Ranked 9th in theWorld Index of Persecution of Christians 2021 from the NGO Open Doors, Nigeria is the country with "the greatest number of Christians murdered for their faith".

Sarah bordin

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