An estimated 3462 Christians have been killed in Nigeria in the first 200 days of 2021, according to a new study. Source: CNA.
This equates to 17 Christians being murdered every day in Africa’s most populous country, Catholic news service ACI Africa reported .
The study by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) in Onitsha, eastern Nigeria, said that the figure included 10 priests and pastors who were murdered between January 1 and July 18.
“The number of defenceless Christians hacked to death by Nigeria’s Islamic jihadists and their collaborators in the security forces in the past 200 days ... has risen to no fewer than 3462 and this is just 68 deaths less than the total deaths of Nigerian Christians in 2020, which the Open Doors’ World Watch List of Persecuted Christians put at 3530,” Intersociety said.
The figure is the second-highest since 2014 when more than 5,000 Christian deaths were recorded at the hands of Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen, the Intersociety study noted.
The report indicated that Boko Haram, one of Africa’s largest Islamist groups, was responsible for the deaths of more than 4000 Christians in 2014. Fulani herdsmen, who have clashed frequently with Christian farmers over grazing land, accounted for an additional 1229 deaths that year.
Intersociety is a research and investigative rights group that has monitored religious persecution across Nigeria since 2010.
The human rights group gathers information through contact with victims and eyewitnesses, media tracking, and interviews, among other methods.