1,470 Christians Killed in Nigeria Within Four Months

05/14/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – According to the rights group Intersociety Rule of Law, 1,470 Christians were murdered and over 2,200 were abducted by jihadists in the first four months of 2021.

“The latest research investigation conducted by Intersociety took weeks and cut across all the troubling Christian areas of the country,” states the report, “The number of defenseless Christians killed in Nigeria from Jan to April 2021 [is] 1,470; out of which Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen accounted for the death of over 800.

The rights group included a 26-page reference in their report citing backup statistics which aided their findings, along with several other eye-witness testimonies and survivor stories.

The report goes on to state that despite the Nigerian government’s insistence that violence in the country is due to “herder-farmer clashes” and has no real religious motives, an extensive investigation concludes otherwise:

“The Nigerian Government and Governments of the affected States have made several deliberate attempts to cover the egregious and grisly massacre of Christians in Nigeria by falsely labeling them as ‘herders-farmers clashes’, or attacks by “bandits”, or ‘killings that cut across Muslims and Christians”, etc. However, in our extensive investigative findings accompanying this special report, the non-street crimes’ butcheries ravaging the country are originally categorized into:

(1) killings with disproportionate reprisals by Fulani Muslim Bandits against Hausa Muslims (Yansakai),

(2) killings and acutely disproportionate reprisals by Fulani Muslim Herdsmen against indigenous Christians in the North and nowadays Southwest, Southeast and South-south, and

(3) killings and zero reprisals by Fulani, Kanuri and Shuwa Arab (with some Hausa Muslim foot soldiers) controlled Boko Haram, Ansaru and others against Christians, moderate Muslims and Government targets.”

To read the full report, click here.

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