over 600 Christians killed in first half of 2019 in Nigeria
some of the victims of persecution being given mass burial

over 600 Christians killed in first half of 2019 in Nigeria

murdered Christian ( photo from Christianpost.com )

Right from time immemorial Christians have been target of many crises, these crises could be said to start from Jesus himself.

After the death and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, one of those things his disciples inherited was persecution, though this according to the bible scholars was allowed for the gospel to be expanded.

The more the Gospel of the Salvation is being extended even to non-Jews, the more Christians faced persecution. Some were killed, some were beaten and so on.

In this generation of ours, thing seems not to have been changed, this is because Christians around the world were facing different forms of tribulation.

Those who were being hit most are those in those in Asian part of the world especially those in middle belt that does not means that Christians in other part of the world were conveniently worshiping their creator.

For the sake proximity, CAC Aremo narrow this study to the most populous country in Africa, Nigeria.

some of the victims of persecution ( photo from Clarionproject )

According to reports from various Christian’s Organisations, over six hundred Christians were killed between January to June 2019.

Kaduna state according to Barnabas Fund contacts has been the worst-hit state, with nearly 300 people killed when heavily-armed Fulani militia raided Karamai village, and at least six other predominantly Christian villages across the region, between February and April.

In some of the most callous attacks witnessed in recent years, brutal rapes and maiming with machetes were reported. Over 300 homes were destroyed in the raids and many acres of farmland ravaged and property looted across the state. In Dogon Noma village, eyewitness accounts described gunmen “shooting and hacking down anything that moved”.

In Kajura Local Government Area, also in Kaduna State, the bodies of about 73 women, some pregnant, and 101 children ranging from babies on their mothers’ backs up to ten-year-olds, were interred in a mass grave.

Reports of attacks killing 66 Fulanis were circulated in televised reports from Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai during the presidential elections in February. These later proved to be false, but are thought to have aggravated hostility towards Christians in the state.

On 4 March, Fulani militia attacked three villages in Benue State killing 23. A fourth attack on Sendegh village, Kwande Local Government Area, on 7 April, is reported to have killed two more Christians and injured several others.

In Plateau State, there were fresh attacks in predominantly Christian areas of Jos, the state capital, on 23 May that left at least 33 Christians dead.

Over 300 armed Fulani militants “shot indiscriminately” as they swooped on three mainly Christian villages on 17 June in the Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State. Three died in the raids, including a soldier, and many were injured. At least 50 homes and a government clinic were razed by the mob.

Barnabas contacts also revealed a tragic incident involving around 13 Christian youths who were killed, some instantly, during an annual Easter Sunday evening parade in Gombe city, Gombe State. A civil defence forces vehicle rammed into the group from behind as they took part in a Boys’ Brigade procession. The contact said that the episode was “not accidental” and came at a time of heightened animosity towards Christians.

On Sunday 14 April, violence flared in the central state of Nasarawa when an estimated 18 Christians were killed and several injured in Fulani militia attacks on Nidam, Mente and Numa Kochu villages, all in the Akwanga Local Government Area.

These among others which was not reported were the experiences of Christians in Nigeria, unfortunately Church Leaders are yet to rise to the challenges as many have turned church to business centers.

Politics has replace replaced major work of evangelism they were called for.

How and when will Christians in power will rise to reduce this incessant attcks from the enemy of the Gospel.  

Houses in Karamai, Kaduna State, that were burnt out in a Fulani attack in February, when 300 gunmen engulfed the village chanting “Allahu Akbar! (photo from barnabasfund)

Leave a Comment