August 08, 2021
A real genocide of Christians is taking place in Nigeria. The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law reports that more than 3,462 Nigerian Christians have been killed by radical Muslims in the past six months.
Also revealing is the growing number of churches threatened, destroyed and burned down by Muslim groups, estimated at 300 since the beginning of the year. The Christian genocide is now well established, despite the Nigerian media labeling Muslims as victims of Islamophobia and attacks across the West.
The published figures are alarming, because in the first half of 2021 there were almost as many murders as in all of 2020, in which 3,530 Christians in Nigeria were killed by Islam, the so-called “religion of peace”.
The highest number since 2010, in which 5,000 Christians were killed in attacks by Boko Haram and other jihadist groups in 2014, was unfortunately exceeded this year.
Persecution Covered Up by the Authorities
Almost half of Nigerians are Christians: 95.4 million people out of a population of 206.2 million.
The difference in the treatment of residents depending on where they live is remarkable. In the south, Christians enjoy freedom of religion, while in the north, where Sharia law applies, Christians are severely persecuted and are considered second-class citizens.
In the face of this violence, the government minimizes acts of persecution and barbaric acts. They categorize these acts not as persecution of Christians in Nigeria, but rather as “conflicts between shepherds and farmers and not as religious acts of terrorism”.
The Nigerian government is openly embroiled in anti-Christian policies that have resulted in countless murders and the destruction of Christian communities across the country.
This policy contradicts the Nigerian Constitution, which stipulates equal treatment regardless of the ethnicity and religion of its citizens. The Islamization of Nigerian territory through the adoption of Sharia law in 12 northern states does not help the situation and encourages this increase in violence.
The term “Islam” or “Islamic” appears 28 times in the country’s constitution and refers to various rights conferred by Sharia law. In contrast, the word “Christian” is never mentioned. It appears that this state of affairs is reflected in the denial of Christian rights by the Nigerian government.
This situation contradicts the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Nigeria signed on July 29, 1993. Article 27 states3 that “in states in which there are ethnic, religious or linguistic minorities, persons belonging to these minorities may not be withheld”. the right to lead their own cultural life together with the other members of their group, to profess and practice their own religion. “
In some northern provinces, however, Christian religious education is no longer allowed. In contrast, Islamic religion teachers are employed by the state and paid from public funds, which is also against the federal government and the Nigerian constitution.
These public funds are also used to build mosques, while Christians, in turn, face rejection after rejection when they want to buy land on which to build churches.