So many Christians are dying in Nigeria this year, that we are losing count. The numbers are in from January and February and it is horrifying.
According to one Nigerian-based group called Inter-society, at least 350 Christians were killed in Nigeria in the first two months of 2020. By another account of the Vanguard Newspaper, “320 persons were killed in Nigeria in the month of Jan 2020” and according to Sahara Reporters, “223 persons died in Nigeria in the month of Feb 2020”. This is a total of 543 Christians killed in Nigeria in the last two months.
This means that 9 Christians are dying every day this year in Nigeria because of their faith.
According to the report from Inter-society, “Nigeria has fully become a killing field of defenseless Christians.” More than 2,000 Nigerian churches have been destroyed and burned to the ground since 2015.
Christians particularly those of Igbo extraction are targeted on highways and abducted and forced to pay ransom, face death, or are forced to convert to Islam. Women captives are routinely subjected to sexual violence including rape. On 14th Jan 2020, 58 Igbo Christian travelers were ambushed and forced to stop after which they were abducted.
Some argue that Christians are not the target of the radical Muslims, but unfortunately they are indeed targeted because they believe in Jesus Christ. Acording to Nigerian-based reports, “While 100 percent of the victims of Jihadist Herdsmen attacks across Nigeria are Christians, the estimated 4000 Christians killed by Boko Haram were part of the estimated 6000 massacred by the sect since June 2015. Generally, many, if not most of the victims of Boko Haram/ISWAP attacks in Nigeria’s Northeast are Christians.”
The report goes on to say, “Victims are separated at gunpoint according to their tribe and religion. Same is applicable to victims of house to house raiding and looting during which Christians are separated from others at gunpoint and taken away or killed on the spot.”
Well over than nine out of every ten attacks in Nigeria are focused against Christians. This is genocide on a massive scale. Christians are being targeted for their faith.
Why are these murders not covered in the main stream media? Innocent unarmed Nigerian Christians are being slaughtered by the hundreds and there is barely a peep.
Christians must share the burden of our brothers and sisters in Nigeria.
To learn more, listen to a live BTJ podcast with Pastor Olamide Dawson from Nigeria as he describes the bloody situation in detail.