The Silent Persecution: Ignored Suffering of Nigerian Christians

Farrukh Saif

June 22, 2024

5 Christians killed in Nigeria

The world kept silent as Christians faced the most dangerous times in Nigeria.

On June 17th, Islamic Fulani militants attacked Ewehko Village in Kajuru County, Nigeria, resulting in the deaths of five Christians. This incident is part of a persistent pattern of violence against Christians in Nigeria’s central and northern regions, where conflicts between predominantly Muslim herders and Christian farming communities have increased in recent years. Muslims in these regions are forcing Christians to convert to Islam or face severe consequences.

The attack in Ewehko Village reflects the broader security challenges facing Nigeria, particularly in areas where religious tensions arise over the land and resources.

Nigeria’s Muslim-Christian conflict has become increasingly deadly; Islamic extremist groups have killed thousands of Christians and displaced over half a million from their homes and villages.

The Nigerian government has faced criticism for its handling of the security situation, with many accusing authorities of failing to protect vulnerable Christians or bring perpetrators to justice adequately.

Even the international media and governments remain silent about the mass persecution of Christians. These lives seem not to exist for mainstream media, and you will not find news of such incidents in major media outlets. Instead, coverage is dominated by news regarding Gaza only. Nigerian Christians are also human, but their plight is largely ignored.

We urge you to pray for the persecuted Christians in Nigeria.

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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