According to statistics from A Killing Field Of Defenseless Christians, between 11,500 and 12,000 Christians have been killed in Nigeria since June 2015, 350 since the beginning of 2020.
Nigeria has been devastated by violence in the past ten years due to the emergence of extremist organizations in the north east such as Boko Haram and the Islamic State in the West African province (Iswap).
Other indisputable authors of this bloody carnage are the Fulani Shepherds, nomads, Muslims, from North West Africa, who have conquered the position of the most brutal terrorists in the world.
Intersociety reports that in the past two months, radical Fulani militants have carried out attacks on Nasarawa, Adamawa and Edo in addition to other locations across the country. No less than 2,400 Christians were killed by Fulani radicals in 2018 and between 1,000 and 1,200 in 2019.
The reasons for these conflicts can be sought in the desertification of the area, the demographic explosion of the country (more than 200 million inhabitants) that has characterized Nigeria in recent years and the consequent contention of fertile territories among the shepherds, mainly Muslim and farmers, mostly Christians.
But how can poverty alone cause such a genocide? Really the destruction of villages, churches, the brutal killing of innocent people, often to the headlines with a wealth of raw details, can result from economic tensions only?
We at Steadfast onlus believe that it is hypocrite not to attribute this holocaust to religious causes. Hate towards Christians is the only justification for such a violence, involving 73 countries around the world. Recognizing it is a duty, as it is asking the governments of these countries stained with innocent blood to strongly intervene.
Emmanuele Di Leo