287 Nigerian Children Aged Between 5 and 12 Were Kidnapped by Islamists

Farrukh Saif

March 9, 2024

Nigeria-Africa

Why is the international media silent about the genocide of Christians in Nigeria? Almost every day, Christian villages face attacks from Islamic militant groups, resulting in the killing and abduction of women and children. However, there have been no protests in London or the USA, nor have there been any protests from those advocating for #BlackLivesMatter.

On 7th March 2024, 287 Nigerian children aged between 5 and 12 were kidnapped from their school by an Islamist Fulani militia in the state of Kaduna.

According to the sources, Islamists launched an assault on a school in Nigeria’s northwest region on 7th March, resulting in the abduction of at least 287 students, the headmaster reported the incident to authorities.

The kidnapping of students from schools or abducting women in northern Nigeria has become a disturbingly common occurrence, raising concerns since 2012. Even in 2014, more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted by Islamic extremists in Borno states.

Now, this new wave of terror is hitting hard, especially in the northwestern and central regions; almost every day, Christians are going through these terror attacks.

According to locals who spoke to The Associated Press:

the assailants on Thursday surrounded the government-owned school in Kaduna State’s Kuriga town just as the pupils and students were about to start the school day at around 8 a.m. Authorities had said earlier that more than 100 students were taken hostage in the attack. Sani Abdullahi, the headteacher, however, told Kaduna Gov. Uba Sani when he visited the town that the total number of those missing after a headcount was 287.

According to the sources, the Kaduna State Government had hired a Private Negotiator to negotiate with the Islamist Militants for the release of 287 students.

In our perspective, this would constitute another error on the part of the Nigerian government if they opt to release the children through terrorist ransom negotiations. Such an approach could be seen as inadvertently empowering the terrorists. Instead, the international community should exert pressure on the Nigerian government to conduct a full-scale military operation.

This enduring persecution faced by Nigerian Christians at the hands of Islamist groups is a deeply distressing situation that requires our collective attention and support. In the face of attacks on their villages and the abductions of women and children, the global community must stand in solidarity with the Persecuted Christians.

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Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.

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