Within the first five month in 2020, a estimated of number of 620 Christians have been killed in Nigeria by the Islamic militants in a report by The International Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law (ISCLRL).
Currently, many houses have been destroyed and violence keeps escalating as both the Fulani Herdsmen and Boko Haram continued in their anti-Christian violence in the North east and Middle Belt region of the country. Noting that over 32,000 Christians have been killed since 2009 by the Islamic Militants.
The leader of the non-governmental affiliated organization Emeka Umeagbalasi reiterates that no action has been taken so far by the government and military against either the Fulani Herdsmen or Boko Haram over the murder of these defenseless Christians.
“The atrocities against Christians have gone unchecked and risen to alarming apogee with the country’s security forces and concerned political actors looking the other way or colluding with the Jihadists,” the report said.
According to World Watch Monitor, the Fulani were early adopters of Islam, participating in holy wars, or jihads, in the 16th Century that established them as a dominant social and economic force in Western Africa while the Fulani Herdmen are originally semi-nomadic group that rear cattle, settled in central region of Nigeria.
Meanwhile, the Boko Haram group are Muslim terrorists who have destroyed many villages are some territories in the northern part of the country and are still in control of some villages despite the military’s intervention. The group still holds Leah Sharibu in captive, the young Christian Girl who was abducted in February 2018 alongside other 109 Dapchi school girls by the Boko Haram terrorists.
On march 20th, 2018 104 girls were released while five girls died in captive but Leah Sharibu was held hostage because she refused to ‘Denounce Christ’ and the terrorists would not let her go until she renounce her faith, since the young girl refused, the captors declared her “slave for life”.
According to CBNNEWS, attacks on Nigerian Christians have steadily risen over the past few years. The Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART), headed up by a member of the British House of Lords, Baroness Cox, estimates that 6,000 Christians in Nigeria have been murdered since 2015.
Nigeria is ranked 12th on Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution.