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Christians being driven out of north Nigeria as persecution escalates


Nigerian Christians are facing escalated persecution as the extremist continue to drive them out from the north. The deadly attacks from the Fulani militants are having devastating effects on Nigerian Christians.

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Release International lays special emphasis on the persecuted Christians in Nigeria. A partner of Release International in Nigeria unfolded that the attacks by the extremists are continuously devastating Christians. “In the first six months of 2018, some 6,000 people have been killed and close to 50,000 displaced. The escalation of killings is very clear,” the partner was quoted.

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Nigerian Church leader Anglican Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi, partner of Release International has desperately urged the government to take action in order to protect Christians in the northern region of Nigeria. Christians in North of Nigeria are facing increased attacks. “I am raising an alarm – if the government will listen,” he said.

Dozens of Christians were killed on October 18, when the militants attacked Christians in a market place in Kaduna and torched a church. At least 55 Christians were reportedly killed in this attack. Later on November 9, armed assailants killed 7 in Kaduna and fled.

In this matter, Paul Robinson from Release International stated: “How could Nigeria allow no-go areas where militants can hide?” The group is of the opinion that these attacks are part of a systematic campaign to drive out Christians from northern Nigeria.

“These murderous raids beg important questions. Why is the military apparently powerless to stop the slaughter of unarmed farmers? Who is arming and training these Fulani militants? And whose agenda does this killing of mainly Christian communities serve?

It all points to a strategy to drive out Christians from the north. The government of Nigeria must act now to protect its vulnerable Christian communities in the north,” Paul Robinson said.