Jihadist genocide in Nigeria: In 2023, 1,1450 Christians were killed and 500 churches burned

1,450 Christians murdered; 8,400 were kidnapped and 840 never returned alive. 500 churches attacked, 70 Christian clergy kidnapped and 25 murdered. It is the shocking number of attacks that this religion has suffered in Nigeria in 2023. In January 2024 alone, at least 200 defenseless Christians were massacred across Nigeria, including more than 50 deaths in Plateau State.

This emerges from an international research report published by the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety). It describes Nigeria as the country with the second deadliest genocide (150,000 deaths since 2009), after Syria with 306,000 deaths since 2011. Nigeria also ranks second on the global list of Fourteen Genocides (ongoing) and Seven Warning Genocides.

Likewise, 15 million Christians were displaced and hundreds of thousands crossed international borders. “The jihadist genocide against Christians is wreaking havoc in Nigeria: it is the second most genocidal country in the world, with more than 150,000 religious deaths of defenseless civilians since 2009 (fifteen years since the Boko Haram jihadist insurgency in Nigeria). ). Nigeria’s alarming death toll is second only to the beleaguered state of Syria, which has been embroiled in a devastating civil war since 2011 that has killed 306,000 civilians out of some 21.5 million citizens. The death toll in Nigeria would have been more than five times higher than in Syria if the country of more than 200 million people had waged an open war of genocide. The massacre of Christians in Nigeria is now being referred to as a “quiet genocide” or “jihadist genocide against Christians,” the report emphasizes.

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“The more than 50,000 “indirect deaths” include those kidnapped and murdered in captivity by various jihadist groups (the Islamic State’s ISCAP is particularly active). In legal and criminology, ‘enforced disappearances’ and ‘torture’ have no excuses or mitigating objections at the time of their commission and can be committed by state or non-state actors,” he adds.

It is underlined It is believed that the “deplorable failure of the Nigerian government and the country’s security forces to cope with the situation (…) has provided (support) to jihadists, particularly the Fulani jihadist herdsmen.” politically and financially supported by the Miyatti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and the Fulani Nationality Movement (FUNAM). “In 2023, there is a worrying increase in the number of Christian deaths and their homes and sacred places of worship and learning burned or destroyed for no reason, compared to the 5,068 Christian deaths in 2022.”

“What is most shocking is that the Fulani jihadist herdsmen operate freely and unhindered, with impunity and ruthlessness. with the Nigerian Security Forces (NSF), widely accused of being “Islamically inspired,” of turning a blind eye or looking the other way; except with regard to the protection of Fulani cows and their herders; or arrest members of the victim communities and their leaders,” he emphasizes.

“The examples of the Nigerian military’s blatant partiality and bias in the massacre of Christians in Nigeria or other parts of the country are too numerous to mention.”

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