In Katsina State, in mainly Muslim northwestern Nigeria, persecuted Christians are still struggling to raise money to pay ransom for 28 members of their church kidnapped by Islamic terrorists during Sunday service on 15 January.
Rev. Ishaku Dano, a pastor in Nigeria’s Bauchi State, says the life of Christian health worker Rhoda Ya’u Jatau is in danger, writes Masara Kim. Jatau has been imprisoned since May 2022 for allegedly blaspheming against the Prophet Muhammad.
At least five people were killed in Plateau State on 5 February following attacks on two Christian villages in the Bokkos Local Government Area. The attacks are the latest in a series of invasions which have displaced thousands of farmers in the potato growing capital of Nigeria, writes Masara Kim.
In the last eight years, the sound of artillery gunfire has replaced the traditional Christmas songs in Southern Kaduna where jihadists fighters have launched attacks during the festivities. The massacre of rural dwellers in Mallagum and Sokong communities in Kaura local government area in the run-up to Christmas marked the continuation of this sad trend, writes Steven Kefas.
On 18 December, Fulani militiamen massacred 40 Christians in two villages in Kaura LGA of Kaduna state. In this piece, Father Aaron Tanko relates his observations after visiting the scene of the attacks and participating in the mass funeral service for the victims.
On 13 December 2022, a large coalition of religious freedom and human rights organizations, experts and practitioners released an open letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken, asking him to intervene on behalf of Rhoda Ya’u Jatau, a Nigerian Christian woman imprisoned while waiting trial for blasphemy.
Monsignor Obiora Ike, a Nigerian priest and human rights activist, was recently in Bokkos County of Plateau State, where Fulani jihadists murdered 20 Christians in a series of attacks in late November.
He spoke to us about what he saw.
Joel Veldkamp, head of international communications at persecution watch CSI, talks to CBN's Faithwire about the Biden administration's decision not to add Nigeria to the U.S. Department of State's Countries of Particular Concern list, a designation targeting nations restricting or complicit in religious freedom violations.
A wave of deadly attacks on Christian villages in Benue State has left hundreds dead and many more homeless. Mark Gbilla, a member of the Nigerian House of Representatives, says the region is under siege from Islamic extremists, but President Buhari is not concerned, writes Masara Kim.