01/14/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Every year, hundreds of people are killed in violent events throughout Nigeria. This has been true since Boko Haram became one of the deadliest groups in the world in 2014 and 2015. Despite the government continuing to fight against Boko Haram, the terrorist group as well as Fulani militants, bandits, and other violent groups have been able to cause mass devastation throughout the country.
ICC was able to identify more than 1,900 civilians and government personnel that were killed by just Boko Haram and the Fulani militants. This number does not include the hundreds of militants killed or the hundreds of civilians killed by unidentified bandit groups.
These two main groups, Boko Haram and Fulani militants often target Christian majority communities for attack, and this was again true in 2020. Boko Haram on numerous occasions attacked the villages around Chibok which are mainly Christian, as well as multiple villages throughout Adamawa state including Garkida, which are predominately Christian.
Fulani militants in Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, and Adamawa States also attacked majority Christian farming communities on a regular basis. This groups claimed the lives of more civilians and Christians than Boko Haram did in 2020. Despite this, This Nigerian government continues to turn a blind eye on the attacks taking place throughout the Middle Belt.
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