New figures reveal Nigeria is most dangerous place on earth for Christians
The number of Christians killed in northern Nigeria since June 2015 is over 16,000, according to the International Society for Civil Liberties & the Rule of Law.
Emeka Umeagbalasi and Barr Chinwe Umeche, of the organisation said that hundreds of churches and an estimated 16,000 Christian lives were lost in the last three years.
The petition, dated February 6, and copied to world leaders including President of the US, Donald Trump and UN Secretary-General, Antonio Gutteres, said: “An estimated 30 million Christians in Northern Nigeria who form the largest minority in a predominantly Muslim environment, have for decades, suffered marginalization and discrimination as well as targeted violence especially in the hands of organized mob violence and violent groups such as Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen.”
Laying out its finding, in its statement, the orgaisation said: “The estimated 16,000 deaths are specifically composed of 2,050 victims of direct State violence, 7,950 victims of police custody or captivity killings through racial profiling and unprofessional crime detection management, 2,050 victims of Boko Haram insurgency and 3,750 victims of terror Fulani Herdsmen killings.”
The society for civil liberites added that in two months alone (December 2017 and January 2018) 350 people, mostly Christians, were killed by Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram in the States of Adamawa, Taraba, Borno, Benue and Southern Kaduna.
The society pointed out that under the current administration, and despite the promise to eradicate terrorism, President Buhari’s “Leadership had done little or nothing to end the killings and destructions and fish out and punish the perpetrators especially members of the Fulani Herdsmen under the Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria.”
Christians are increasingly facing forceful conversion to Islam and violent killings in northern Nigeria have increased by 6.2 per cent in one year.
The Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans (CANAN) commented: “We are saddened by the rapid occurrences of these atrocious killings without a corresponding accountability being meted to the growing list of perpetrators. CANAN calls on the federal government to go beyond mere expression of shock at the vicious killings and set in motion practical steps to stem this ugly spectacle of continuous massacre of Christians.”
Hassan John is West Africa Editor, GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos.