Sunday marked another gory night for Christians in Southern Kaduna, as members of the deadly terrorist group, Fulani herdsmen, attacked local villages burning, butchering, and bludgeoning hundreds of residents. Thirty-three persons were confirmed dead bringing the total death toll in the predominantly Christian community to 1,000+ since the beginning of the year.
In a viral video showing eyewitness accounts, multiple shallow graves were seen dug as bereaved members piled their dead amidst sobs. The Vatican News puts the total number of Christian killings in Nigeria at 52,250 over the last 14 years. Locals think it is way much more.
Following the frequency and intensity of the attacks, many of the bereaved residents accuse the Nigerian military of abetting Fulani terrorists who unleash mayhem for hours unhinged despite heavy military presence.
Today, 9 out of 10 Christian martyrs in the world are killed in Nigeria, making the country one of—if, not—the most dangerous place for Christians to live on earth. This stance is further evident in the just concluded elections which revealed a systematic targeting, seclusion, and oppression of Christians by the nation’s ruling party.
Now three days since the attack, there has been neither condemnation nor actions from the US, the UK, or the United Nations Human Rights Council. Such silence continues to embolden the recklessness of the Nigerian government toward its citizens.
The UN must take steps to summon Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari given the mounting evidence of Christian genocide over the last eight years. Many Christians believe mounting pressure on world leaders and pro-religious freedom groups will help draw the much-needed global attention to the crimes of President Buhari against Christians.
All that is left is action.
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