Nigeria Christians 10 Times More Targeted, Killed

Christians are being disproportionately targeted just because of their Faith in Christ.

Nigeria – Abuja (August 16, 2022, 12:15 PM, Gaudium Press) A survey conducted by the Observatory for Religious Freedom in Africa (ORFA) has revealed that Christians are 10 times more likely to be killed by insurgents than Muslims in the West African country.

20% increase in fatal attacks

According to data presented by ORFA, between October 2019 and September 2020, the number of Christians killed in jihadist attacks in Nigeria was 9.6 times higher than the number of Muslims.

Furthermore, between 2019 and 2020, Christians were 59 times more likely to be kidnapped by Islamic militants like Boko Haram than Muslims. In terms of fatal attacks between 2020 and 2021, there was a 20% increase.

Violence of a religious nature

According to Dr. David Landrum, Director of Advocacy at Open Doors UK and Ireland, Christians are being disproportionately targeted solely because of their Faith in Christ. “The proportion is amplified by the fact that in the northern and central belt, where most attacks are carried out, Christians are a minority,” he assured.

For Dr. Landrum, although this violence is religious in nature, it is unlikely to be recognized by the federal authorities, because a good majority are Muslims. Moreover, countries like Britain are accused of denying the religious nature of the attacks to protect their commercial ties and for fear of reprisals. (EPC)

Compiled by Zephania Gangl

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