Updated: Sep 8, 2021
Two weeks ago I shared a firsthand account of the persecution of Nigerian Christians from my friend Samuel Kunhiyop. The situation in Nigeria keeps getting worse. Please pray.
One international study showed that 3,462 Christians have been killed in Nigeria in the first 200 days of 2021—a number equal to 17 Christians being murdered every day in Africa’s most populous country. And the killings just keep happening.
International Christian Concern reports, “Thirty-seven Christians were brutally murdered late Tuesday night [August 25] in Yelwan Zangam community, Jos North LGA, Plateau State. …The attack is suspected to be perpetrated by jihadist Fulani herdsmen, the fourth deadliest terror group in the world which has surpassed Boko Haram as the greatest threat to Nigerian Christians.”
In a follow-up report, they say, “In a pattern that has repeated itself for years, the governor of Plateau State barely reacted to the killing of Christians early in the month but responded strongly when a group of Muslims was killed, even visiting victims in the hospital and promising to pay for their medical expenses.”
Christian Headlines explains, “In this year’s World Watch List of the countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian, Nigeria broke into the top 10 for the first time, jumping to No. 9 from No. 12 the previous year. Numbering in the millions across Nigeria and the Sahel, predominantly Muslim Fulani comprise hundreds of clans of many different lineages who do not hold extremist views, but some Fulani do adhere to radical Islamist ideology, the United Kingdom’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom or Belief (APPG) noted in a recent report.”
“Unceasing tears have continued to roll in our eyes as a nation and people even as this note is penned down,” one spokesman for an ethnic group said. “The terror being unleashed by Fulani herdsmen on Irigwe Christians has continued unabated and without any sign of remorse or regret.”
Samuel sent another update this week, asking for continued prayer:
I wish to acknowledge with gratitude to the triune God your prayers and financial support you have rendered to the brethren in Nigeria, particularly the believers in Southern Kaduna. So far, the total amount is about $18,000. At the moment, $10,000 is being used to buy foodstuff and medicines. After taking these foodstuff and medicines, we will assess the situation as more people have been displaced and see how best to use the funds to help meet some of these needs. Please pray for wisdom and safety in travels.
We actually wanted to take these items to the displaced believers in the two camps, but we could not move out of Jos because of a curfew that the government has imposed because of killings at the beginning of the week. Jos is the capital city of Plateau State which is actually a neighboring state to Kaduna where Yelwa and I come from. On Tuesday, over thirty people (men, women, and children) were murdered, and the Christian youths protested threatening a reprisal. The angry youths carried 17 of the corpses and dumped them in front of the governor’s office. There was tension everywhere. A 24-hour curfew was immediately imposed, and we have been indoors ever since. There have been protests against the government and the security outfits who are biased and always looked the other way when Christians are being killed. … As soon as the curfew is lifted, we will buy the medicines which a Christian doctor helped in prescribing. We will then take these items to the two camps by the weekend.
Now to Southern Kaduna. The attacks, killings, abductions, and destruction of property have continued unabated in the Southern part of Kaduna State. In the last one week alone there have been three separate attacks in three different villages (all Christians). In one village that is predominantly Roman Catholic, 17 people were killed (13 women and 4 men) and their houses and farmlands destroyed. In the other two villages, 6 persons were murdered with their property also destroyed. People are living in constant fear.
Most shocking of all, attacks happed on Monday when gunmen (Islamists) attacked the Nigeria Military Academy in Kaduna and killed two senior officers and abducted one major! …If a military institution can be successfully attacked, its military personnel killed and abducted, who is safe?