With an average of seventeen Nigerian Christians being murdered every day, the victims were mainly killed by Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram.
PM News Nigeria reports that some 3,462 Christians have been killed in the country from the beginning of January to 18th July.
The stark numbers come from a study by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, with most deaths occurring in the northern states of Benue and Kaduna.
“Benue State recorded the highest number of Christian deaths in the past 200 days with 450 and had recorded 200 deaths in Jan to April and 250 from May to 18th July,” the document states.
“Kaduna State came second with 410 Christian deaths and had recorded 300 deaths in Jan to April and 110 from May to 18th July.
“Taraba State came third with 240 deaths.”
Pointing towards the sporadic attacks of jihadist Fulani herdsmen as being responsible for the greatest number of deaths, the report also accuses the country’s security forces of sometimes collaborating in the violence.
Some 2980 Christians were also abducted since the beginning of 2021 according to the report, with 1 in 10 thought to have died in captivity.
“The number of Churches threatened or attacked and closed or destroyed or burnt since January 2021 is also estimated to be around 300 with at least ten priests or pastors abducted or killed by the jihadists,” the document states.
“It is deeply saddening that till date those responsible for the anti Christian butcheries in the country have continued to evade justice and remained unchecked, untracked, uninvestigated and untried; leading to impunity and repeat-atrocities.
“The surviving victims and families of the dead victims are also totally abandoned by the Government of Nigeria.
“In the North, the jihadists operate freely under the cover and protection of the security forces; abducting, killing, looting, destroying or burning and forcefully converting their captive and unprotected Christians and their homes and sacred places of worship and learning.
“The Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen are responsible for majority of the killings with at least 1,909 Christian deaths in 200 days, followed by Boko Haram, ISWAP and Muslim Fulani Bandits who jointly killed 1,063 Christians, while Nigerian Army, joined by the Nigeria Police Force and other branches of the Armed Forces accounted for 490 Christian deaths.”
The report also states that some “Muslim Fulani Bandits” also target Hausa Muslims who they believe not to be “pure Muslims”.
Earlier this year, Gript reported on the massacre of a Nigerian bridal party in the north, in one of many instances of persecution ravaging the country.
Martha Bulus was traveling with her bridal party in northeastern Nigeria’s Borno state to prepare for her wedding on New Year’s Eve when the entire party were taken hostage in the village of Gwoza and beheaded by Boko Haram.