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The Number Of Christians Murdered In Nigeria This Year Is Appalling

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When does terrorism become genocide?

According to non-profit organizations on the ground in Nigeria, violence from radical Islamic groups has led to the murder of roughly 3000 Christian Nigerians.

Tensions in the country between Christians and Muslims are nothing new, as Muslim fundamentalist groups continually carry out violent attacks against both Christians and Muslims alike.

It remains to be seen what, if any action will be taken by U.N. members to confront this round of ethnic cleansing in the area.

Here are the latest developments out of Nigeria:

The Nigerian Voice detailed the accounts:

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 3,462 Christian deaths include additional 300 deaths representing Christian deaths arising from deaths in the captivity of the jihadists, on average of three deaths out of every 30 Christians abducted and disappeared and another additional deaths of 150 technically representing ‘dark figures of crime’.

The killings by the Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen are also the most widespread cutting across the entire six geopolitical regions of Nigeria targeting Christian areas of Taraba, Adamawa and Gombe in the Northeast; Southern Kaduna (Northwest) and other Christian settlements in the State; Benue, Plateau, Nasarawa and Kogi in the North-Central; Oyo, Ondo, Ekiti and Ogun in the Southwest; Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Anambra and Abia in the Southeast; and Edo, Delta, Akwa Ibom, Cross River and Rivers in the South-south.

The Muslim Fulani Bandits, originally formed in Zamfara State in 2011, are jointly responsible for terrors going on in Christian parts of Southern Kaduna, Niger, FCT, Nasarawa and Kogi States. They are also responsible for attacks on indigenous Hausa Muslims in Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto and Kebbi. In Kebbi State, for instance, the Muslim Fulani Bandits target and kill or abduct both Christians and Muslims; holding against their fellow Muslims a jihadist belief that the “indigenous Hausa Muslims are not pure Muslims”; same reasons used in the ferocious jihadist attacks against their fellow Muslims in Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto, and Muslim areas of Kaduna and Niger States.

Boko Haram and ISWAP, on their part, are majorly responsible for attacks in Borno, Adamawa, Yobe and Taraba; and have through their recent alliances with other jihadists, made jihadist inroads and stepped up ferocious and unchecked attacks in Niger, FCT, Nasarawa, Kebbi and Kaduna, etc.

Daily Wire adds:

The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law — which uses “direct contacts with the victims, eyewitnesses, media tracking, review of credible local and international reports, interviews and closed sources” to track violence against Christians — pointed to the government’s lax handling of the crisis as a factor that encourages increased violence. 

Particularly in northern Nigeria, the jihadists allegedly “operate freely under the cover and protection of the security forces.”

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