In Nigeria:113 innocent Christians were killed and over 300 injured

Farrukh Saif

December 26, 2023


A Day Before Christmas, Hundreds of Nigerian Christians were Killed by Muslim Herders in a shocking sequence of attacks that has left the Nigerian nation in mourning. Central Nigeria has witnessed the tragic loss of over 113 innocent lives, as reported by local authorities. The distressing incident unfolded in Plateau State, where clashes between Muslim herders and Christian farmers have regrettably become a recurring issue.

This recent surge in violence stands as the deadliest episode in Plateau State since May, when a brutal attack between Christian farmers and herders claimed the lives of more than 100 People. Unfortunately, the death toll has escalated, as confirmed by Monday Kassah, the acting chairman of Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State.

Kassah disclosed that the attacks transpired over the weekend and affected at least 20 different communities, indicating a disturbing level of coordination among the perpetrators.

“The attacks were well-coordinated and well Planned; the Muslim bandits attacked 20 different communities,” stated Kassah. “We have recovered 113 dead bodies from those communities. We have recovered more than 300 injured.”

He underscored that the injured had been promptly transported to hospitals for urgent medical attention.

Christian Persecution in Nigeria:

Nigeria has suffered from a profoundly concerning and prevalent issue of Christian persecution, drawing attention to the challenges faced by the Christian community in various regions of the country. Christian persecution, discrimination, and targeted attacks have raised alarm both domestically and internationally.

One of the primary sources of Christian persecution in Nigeria is the clash between Muslim herders and Christian farmers. Plateau State, in particular, has been a hotspot for such conflicts, leading to tragic incidents that claim lives and disrupt communities. These clashes involve attacks on Christian villages, churches, and individuals, exacerbating tensions and fostering an atmosphere of fear.

Furthermore, extremist groups such as Boko Haram have played an important role in the persecution of Christians. As a result of Boko Haram’s violent campaign, which includes bombings, abductions, and mass killings, Christians have been disproportionately affected, as they are often targeted based on their religious affiliation. The group’s avowed goal of establishing an Islamic state has fueled religious tensions and posed a severe threat to Christian communities.

What should be Done?

The scale of innocent lives lost in Plateau State, Nigeria, is unquestionably distressing, highlighting the urgent requirement for effective actions to tackle the root causes of these conflicts. In the face of this tragic incident, it is crucial to prioritize safeguarding citizens, restoring peace and stability in the affected communities, and proactively pursuing lasting solutions that promote harmony and unity.

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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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