6 000 killed in Nigeria anti-Christian violence

Remnant Pentecostal Church leader Pastor Phillip Mugadza

Remnant Pentecostal Church leader Pastor Phillip Mugadza

from EMEKA OKONKWO in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – ABOUT 6 000 Nigerians, mostly Christians, have reportedly been killed by the Boko Haram banditry and clashes perpetrated by nomadic herdsmen over the past three years.

This is according to the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety), which disclosed the armed Fulani herdsmen had emerged the bigger radical group during the period, after killing some 3 850 Christian villagers during clashes over resources.

The civil society organisation alleged the Boko Haram terror group killed at least 2 100 civilians during a brutal campaign to establish an Islamic state in Africa’s most populous country of over 190 million people.

Boko Haram has destroyed an estimated 13 000 churches and 1 500 Christian schools between 2009 when the insurgency began and 2014.

In the months of December 2017 and January 2018 alone, over 350 civilian deaths blamed on the Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram were recorded.

Between February and last week, the herdsmen have been blamed for not less than 100 deaths.

In one of its most recent attacks in the central Plateau State, they allegedly killed 25 Christians and razed 11 villages and churches.

More killings and property destructions including churches and houses have also been reported around the country, largely in states hosting the largest Christian and non-Muslim populations.

Nigeria is equally divided between Christians and Muslims.

Emeka Umeagbalasi, Intersociety chairman, said victims felt insecure amid alleged laxity by government.

“The feeling of insecurity is rife and has risen to an apogee,” he said.
– CAJ News

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