Escalating Sectarian Violence in Nigeria



On 20 May 2022, Rhoda Ya'u Jatau, a Christian healthcare worker from Bauchi State, was arrested after being accused of blasphemy.


She is still in prison. Read her story.

Dec. 13: 25 Organizations have called for Rhoda's release.
Feb. 17: "We are afraid they might be trying to kill her."


Rhoda's husband speaks about her case.

CSI's Joel Veldkamp on Rhoda's imprisonment.

Latest news:

- Advent massacre in Kaduna state. Read more.

- "They killed his four children in his presence": What one Nigerian priest saw in Bokkos. Watch now.

- President Buhari “turning a blind eye” to massacres of Christians in Benue. Read more.

- Death threats forced this Christian journalist to leave Nigeria. Read more.

- 14 NGOs appeal to UN for genocide prevention in Nigeria. Read more.

- Weeks of bloody attacks in Nigeria’s Kaduna State drive Christians from their homes. Read more.

- Nigerians speak out at London Religious Freedom Ministerial. Watch videos

- New Human Rights Report: Terror and Mass Displacement in Nigeria's Middle Belt. Read more.




On 12 May 2022, Deborah Samuel Yakubu, a university student in Sokoto, was murdered by a mob after being accused of blasphemy.


Full story.
Our complete coverage.
CSI writes to Secretary Blinken about Deborah.
Franklyne Ogbunwezeh and Joel Veldkamp discuss Deborah's murder.


Meet Luka Binniyat

CSI interviews human rights activist and journalist Luka Binniyat about the attacks on Christians in southern Kaduna State.

Binniyat recently spent three months in prison for his reporting on these massacres.

Church in Nigeria

Conflict in Nigeria

Since 2016, Islamist-inspired Fulani militias have stepped up their brutal attacks across swathes of central and southern Nigeria, laying waste to mainly Christian villages, killing the villagers or driving them from their ancestral homes. It is a campaign that is increasingly taking on the character of ethnic cleansing.



Meanwhile, the threat from the radical Islamist groups Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa persists in Nigeria’s northeast. In the northwest, warlords control increasing swathes of territory and terrorize the local population. Sporadic violence continues in the oil-rich Niger Delta region, and a growing secessionist movement has led to violence in the southeast. The growing conflict poses a threat to stability and unity in the country.

Dr. John Eibner

Introduction to Nigeria Report by Dr John Eibner, International President of CSI



Welcome to Nigeria Report, a project of Christian Solidarity International (CSI). This is an internet platform for informed discussion of the various aspects of sectarian violence in Nigeria, and for the presentation of policy recommendations aimed at ending it. CSI’s intention is to provide space especially for the perspectives of Nigerian civil society representatives, regardless of tribal or religious identity. Such voices are currently only faintly heard outside Nigeria.


Respect for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a foundational pillar of CSI. Conversation on this platform will be conducted in the spirit of that international instrument. The views expressed in the Commentaries section are those of individual authors and are not necessarily those of CSI.

Map of the conflict in Nigeria
Map showing states afflicted the most by religious conflict (CSI)


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Christian Solidarity International (CSI)

CSI is a human rights organisation campaigning for religious liberty and human dignity. It is active throughout the world where religious minorities are persecuted. In Nigeria CSI delivers food and medical aid to victims and support to displaced families.


This website provides an overview of the conflict situation in Nigeria since 2018, which has affected so many lives. It offers space for victims to share their personal testimony and a platform for different views on the nature of the crisis and how it can be resolved. 


To support the work of CSI in Nigeria, visit the Donate page.