nigeria report

Escalating Sectarian Violence in Nigeria

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- Violence in Nigeria: At least 615 killed in first three weeks of 2022. Read more.

- Who is Luka Binniyat? Meet the journalist imprisoned for reporting on a massacre. Read more.
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New on the Blog page:

 

Christian Solidarity International (CSI) urges Amnesty International to join calls for Nigerian journalist Luka Binniyat to be released from detention.  

 

#FreeLukaB


Conflict in Nigeria

An increasingly bloody dispute over land use is exacerbating religious tensions in Nigeria, which is roughly equally divided between Christians and Muslims with a small percentage adhering to indigenous religions. Displacement and the effects of climate change are driving nomadic herdsmen, predominantly Muslim, southwards into largely Christian farming lands. 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. Meanwhile, the threat from the radical Islamist Boko Haram persists in the northeast where there are regular clashes with the military, and sporadic violence continues in the oil-rich Niger Delta region. The growing conflict poses a threat to stability and unity in the Country. See the Context to conflict section for more Information.

 

Church in Nigeria

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.

 


Trouble hotspots

 

The northeast and Middle Belt of Nigeria are the areas where political and religious violence are concentrated.

 

In one of the worst incidents, at the end of June 2018 more than 200 people were killed in attacks by Fulani militias on mostly Christian villages in  Plateau State. Numerous houses were burned down and entire villages were destroyed. To read the stories of some of the victims of these and other attacks, see the  Victims' Stories section.

 

In an echo of the kidnapping of 276 female students from a school in Chibok, Borno State in April 2014, a faction of Boko Haram on 19 February 2018 abducted 110 schoolgirls from a boarding college in Dapchi, Yobe State. Five of the girls were killed and 104 were subsequently released. But the group, ISWAP, continues to hold one girl, Leah Sharibu, who refused to renounce her Christian faith. Two aid workers captured by the same faction in March were later killed. See the Background, Conflict - Issues and actors section for more information on Boko Haram and the Fulani.

Map of the conflict in Nigeria
Map showing states most prone to religious and ethnic conflict (@CSI)


Abuja protest for detained Nigerian journalist Luka Binniyat
A protest calling for the release of Luka Binniyat took place outside NUJ headquarters in Abuja @SOKAPU
Abuja press conference calls for release of Nigerian journalist Luka Binniyat
A press conference heard calls for Binniyat to be released or formally prosecuted @SOKAPU

Latest developments

 

 Abuja protest demands the immediate and unconditional release of Luka Binniyat

 

by Franklyne Ogbunwezeh

 

The Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU), has called on the Kaduna State government to immediately and unconditionally release detained journalist and human rights activist Luka Binniyat.

 

The call came at a protest march which took place at the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) council headquarters in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, on Saturday 18 December 2021.

 

SOKAPU President Jonathan Asake, addressing journalists gathered for the protest, demanded that the government either release Luka Binniyat immediately and unconditionally, or allow the law to take its course, instead of persecuting him and subjecting him to trial by ordeal.  



Recent violence

Some of the worst incidents reported by local media:

  • 12/12/2021: Gunmen kill 7 in Plateau market
  • 08/11/2021: Fulani militants kill 8 in Kaduna
  • 17/10/2021: At least 40 killed by bandits in Sokoto State
  • 26/09/2021: Bandits kill 34 in Southern Kaduna attacks
  • 25/08/2021: 30 killed in attacks in Plateau State
Protest to stop killings in Nigeria
Photo: @CSI


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.

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