Christians in Nigeria under Constant Attack, Officials Seem to downplay the religious component of persecution.
- In the period January 2013–May 2016, 826 Christians were killed and 878 injured. There were 102 churches destroyed or damaged.
- Over 20,000 Christian families have been displaced.
- Government officials do not clearly identify Christians as targets in an anti-Christianity agenda.
- The Nigeria Conflict and Security Analysis Network unearths an agenda composed of systemic attacks.
Beside these, 787 houses were destroyed, as well as nine shops, and 32 motorized vehicles. Many families were completely deprived of their livelihoods. Around 21,000 Christians were reported as Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in different camps inside and outside Nasarawa. Due to the difficult security situation, the authors of the in-depth fact-finding report are convinced that they were only able to report part of what really happened.
However, field research conducted by NCSAN on the conflicts which occurred from 2013 to 2016 reveals that Christians have been specifically targeted. Emerging evidence suggests there is a strategic agenda to target and persecute ethnic groups that are predominantly Christian. The targeting of Christians appears to be carried out by the Hausa-Fulani herdsmen and by deliberate government policies to marginalize Christians and Christian communities. This is evident in political power-sharing and domination through traditional rulership. Islamic identity tends to give Muslims undue advantage over the affairs of the state. Indeed, state government policies are crafted to favor Islam and Muslims. The ongoing persecution of Christians in Nasarawa, like many other places in northern Nigeria, has been ignored.
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