Approximately 350 Christians have been killed in the first months of this year, according to a prominent Nigerian organization.
“Nigeria has become a death camp for defenseless Christians,” the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Inter-society) recently said.
This Anambra-based nongovernmental organization, gave the declarations in a new special report titled “Nigeria: A Deadly Camp for Helpless Christians.”
“Available statistics have shown that between 11,500 and 12,000 Christian deaths have been recorded in the past 57 months or since June 2015, when the current central government of Nigeria joined. Fulani’s jihadist herders were responsible for 7,400 Christian deaths, 4,000 Boko Haram and ‘Road Bandits’ for 150 to 200 deaths.”
Intersociety is led by Christian criminologist Emeka Umeagbalasi, who has been monitoring violence against Christians in Nigeria since 2010.
Increase in violence during the last decade
Violence in Nigeria increased over the past decade as a consequence of the emergence of extremist terrorist groups. The best known are the Fulani and Boko Haram.
These groups have caused many believer massacres and the displacement of thousands of people from their communities to surrounding areas.
According to information provided by the UN (United Nations Organization), it is estimated that at least 2 million people have been internally displaced in Nigeria due to attacks by these groups.
Thousands of churches burned
For documentation and monitoring, Intersociety trusts what they consider credible. This includes government reports, international rights groups, eyewitnesses, and reports from various Christian agencies in the country.
On the other hand, the organization has also explained that both groups are the ones who have burned more than 2,000 churches and worship centers in the country.
They report that both Boko Haram and the Fulani are responsible for the deaths of 350 Christians registered between January and February.