By Anthony Isibor
THE International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Intersociety, has once again revealed that over 2200 Christians have been abducted with an additional 1,470 of them massacred in the first four months of 2021.
This was made know in a report which was co-signed by principal officers of the organization, including Emeka Umeagbalasi, Chidimma Udegbunam, Obianuju Igboeli, and Ndidiamaka Bernard.
It revealed that statistically, the country had in the past four months or from January to April 2021, lost no fewer than 1,470 Christians. Also out of estimated 3200 defenseless Nigerians abducted by jihadists during the period, Nigerian Christians accounted for no fewer than 2,200.
“The latest research investigation conducted by Intersociety took weeks and cut across all the troubling Christian areas of the country with Kaduna recording the highest number of 300 Christian deaths out of an estimated total of 430 killings, followed by Benue with 200 Christian deaths, Plateau 90 Christian deaths, Igbo Land States of Ebonyi, Enugu and Anambra, etc 80 Christian deaths.
“Christian part of Niger States (i.e. Shiroro, Munya, and Rafi, etc) 70 deaths, Taraba/Adamawa 65 deaths, Ogun/Ondo 52 Christian deaths, Kebbi 50 Christian deaths (out of over 60 killed), Borno 50 Christian deaths (out of over 110 killed), Nasarawa 30 Christian deaths, Igbo part of Delta 20 Christian deaths, Edo 20 Christian deaths, non-Igbo part of Delta 10 Christian deaths, Oyo/Ekiti/Osun 30 Christian deaths, Gombe 20 Christian deaths, Christian part of Geidam in Yobe State 15 deaths (out of total killings) and Kogi State 10 Christian deaths.
“Nine Igbo Christians were also killed in Kibiya District of Kano State. There are also likely dozens of other Christian deaths, numbering over 30 not recorded. The Northern Muslim-controlled Nigerian Army also accounted for the killing of at least 120 defenseless Christians from Benue, Akwa Ibom, Anambra, Imo, Abia, and Ebonyi.
It said that in the area of 2200 abducted Christians, the breakdown indicates that “Kaduna recorded the highest number with 800 abductions out of an estimated total of 1,100 abductions. Out of the 800 abducted Christians in the State, indigenous Christians of the state accounted for 600 including those abducted in Muslim-held areas of Birnin-Gwari, Igabi, and Giwa Local Government Areas.
“The abducted Christian travelers who are not indigenes of the State also accounted for about 200 and among them are dozens of Igbo Christians resident in Northern Nigeria especially those traveling from the North to the South or Niger State and the FCT.
“Niger State, on its own part, recorded the second-largest Christian abductees with 300 out of a total of 450-500 abductions; followed by Adamawa/Taraba with 100 abductees, Borno with 50 abductees (out of not less than 130 abducted), Nasarawa with 40 abductees, Oyo/Ekiti/Osun with 40 abductees, FCT 30 abductees, Kogi 20 abductees, Ogun/Ondo 15 abductees and at least 205 others abducted by Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen in Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu, Imo, Abia, Benue, Plateau, Kebbi, Yobe, Delta, Edo, etc.
“Added were 500 abducted Southeast indigenous Judeo-Christians secretly being held without trial since January 2021 by Nigerian Army, SSS, Police, and Navy,” it said.
Intersociety also showed that the “Nigerian Government and Governments of the affected States have made several deliberate attempts to cover the egregious massacre of Christians in Nigeria by falsely labeling them as ‘herders-farmers clashes’, or attacks by “bandits”, or ‘killings that cut across Muslims and Christians”, etc.
“However through its extensive investigative findings accompanying this special report, Intersociety was able to categorize the non-street crimes’ butcheries ravaging the country are originally into:
“The Killings with disproportionate reprisals by Fulani Muslim Bandits against Hausa Muslims, Yansakai.
“Killings and acutely disproportionate reprisals by Fulani Muslim Herdsmen against indigenous Christians in the North and nowadays Southwest, Southeast, and South-south.
“Killings and zero reprisals by Fulani, Kanuri, and Shuwa Arab (with some Hausa Muslim foot soldiers) controlled Boko Haram, Ansaru, and others against Christians, moderate Muslims, and Government targets.
It also accused the Southeast Governors of covering up the killing of Christians within the region.
“The killings, raping, maiming and abductions by Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen in the Igbo States of the Southeast are being covered by Southeast Governors.
“In Anambra State, at least twenty Christians have been hacked to death by the Jihadists and scores abducted since Jan 2021, and yet little or nothing was said or done by the Government of Anambra State.
“In Ebonyi State, not less than fifty Christian lives were lost to Fulani Jihadists between March and April 2021. In the killings that swept Mgbo and others in Ohaukwu LGA back in April, at least seventeen Igbo Christians were butchered and the State Government falsely blamed it on “inter-communal” clash but later admitted that they were perpetrated by Fulani Herdsmen “hired by the People of Agila in Benue State”.
“In Ishielu Local Government Area of the State and its neighboring Eha-Amufu in Enugu State, not less than 30 Igbo Christians were massacred by Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen in late March 2021, and among them were seven persons from Eha-Amufu and 23 others from the affected communities in Ishielu and among them were: Ekpe Ekene, Ajuru Nwekpe, Offorbuike Ede, Ede Friday, Ogbuzuru Ndubuisi, Joe,” Intersociety revealed.
– May 13, 2021 @ 16:05 GM