Media reports and researches revealed that at least, about 32,400 Christians were killed by Islamist extremists in Nigeria since 2009 and about 2,000 killed this year alone.
Nigeria-based non-governmental organisation (NGO) the International Society for Civil Liberties affirmed that the total number of deaths of Christians since 2009 is around 32,400.
Most of the violence against Christians in Nigeria is put at the door step of radicalised Fulani herdsmen and there are allegations that the government tried to cover up “Fulani Jihadism”.
Society head Emeka Umeagbalasi said that militants were taking “clandestine control of state power”, while violence by Fulani herdsmen represented the “most dangerous dimension” to radical Islamism in Nigeria.
The report elaborated that: “To cover up these, the present Nigerian government has also created an international machinery of falsehood and propaganda with well-funded or oiled international lobbying campaigns targeted at misinforming and misleading key and strategic international legislative, diplomatic and democratic institutions or bodies especially the EU, US, UK and Australia and their Parliaments; the Commonwealth and the UN and other internationally respected state and non-state actors”.
He accused the Nigerian government of presenting a false narrative that blames the violence on desertification and conflicts between local farmers. He said the real story is that Fulani tribesmen travel south because they are radical Islamists looking for Christians to kill.
In his words: “They don’t attack Muslim villages, and traditional cattle-grazing methods don’t support enough cows to justify fatal conflicts with farmers”.
He hinted that the Nigerian government supports radical islamism and warns that the violence plaguing the most populous African nation may spread to other parts of the country. He argued that Nigeria is being over run by the Muslim and Islamic Caliphate who are bent on seizing and controlling the nation.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide founder Mervyn Thomas added recently that Nigeria is at risk of becoming a failed state unless it gets a handle of the violence.
Thomas opined that the government’s lack of capacity to deal decisively with terrorism in the northeast, militia activity in the centre and parts of the south portends a major failure to run the country. He further said that there are armed banditry in the northwest, and abductions for ransom nationwide.
The warning came days after hundreds of schoolboys were kidnapped from their school in Katsina state. Over 300 boys have since been released, although it is not clear if any remain in captivity.