NIGERIA: Over 8,000 Christians Killed or Kidnapped Last Year

19 April 2023

Source: International Christian Concern

The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law recently released a report estimating that, in 2022 alone, over 5,000 Nigerian Christians were killed and over 3,000 were kidnapped.

The report came as religious freedom advocates have said that the persecution of Christians in Nigeria should be considered genocide. The estimates in the report were drawn from a variety of sources, including government reports, NGO statistics, media outlets, and estimates from diplomats. The report went on to state that 1,000 Christians have been killed already in 2023.

Those carrying out these attacks and kidnappings are believed to be members of radical Islamic terror groups, including Fulani herdsmen groups, Boko Haram, and ISWAP (Islamic State West Africa Province). The report also holds the Nigerian military responsible for some of the killings. Nigerian Christians have long been calling for the government to do more to stop the killings and have even accused political leaders of encouraging the violence.


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