The Nigerian army has had some success subduing Islamist group Boko Haram, but Christians are still being killed in Nigeria. Many of the killings are carried out by nomadic Hausa-Fulani herdsmen, a largely Muslim ethnic group that frequently targets the more settled Christian farming communities of central Nigeria. Meanwhile, 12 of Nigeria’s northern states employ Sharia (Islamic law), and Christians in these states face discrimination and restrictions in accessing community resources, such as clean water, health clinics, and higher education.

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Nigeria: Northern Christian leaders claim government lacks political will to stop Fulani herdsmen’s impunity

Nigeria: Northern Christian leaders claim government lacks political will to stop Fulani herdsmen’s impunity

Christian leaders in northern Nigeria have continued to lament the impunity with which Fulani herdsmen are attacking Christians in the region, especially in Plateau state, and the lack of political will by the federal government to stop it – in spite of their repeated calls. Last Thursday (30 November), at […]

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Nigeria: Fulani Christians call for peace as violence continues in Plateau

Nigeria: Fulani Christians call for peace as violence continues in Plateau

Fulani Christians in Nigeria have spoken out against the persistent attacks and killings attributed to Fulani herdsmen in the central state of Plateau, calling on them to embrace peace and shun all acts of violence. Rev. Buba Aliyu, chairman of the Fulbe Christian Association of Nigeria, led a contingent of […]

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Persistent Fulani violence ‘indicates ethnic cleansing’ of Nigerian Christians

Persistent Fulani violence ‘indicates ethnic cleansing’ of Nigerian Christians

A new report detailing the sustained attack on Christian communities by Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria’s central state of Benue concludes that the number and ferocity of incidents is evidence of ethnic cleansing. Further, signs of ethnic cleansing on Christian communities “are likely to become increasingly evident” in light of a […]

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Christian Association of Nigeria asks President about Fulani violence

Christian Association of Nigeria asks President about Fulani violence

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), the main umbrella organisation of the major Churches, has expressed concern to President Muhammadu Buhari over ongoing violence by Fulani herdsmen in the country’s Middle Belt states. Throughout September and October, repeated attacks against Christian communities left more than 75 dead, according to an […]

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Nigeria: 9 dead as suspected Fulani herdsmen ambush Christians in Plateau

Nigeria: 9 dead as suspected Fulani herdsmen ambush Christians in Plateau

Nine Christians were shot dead by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria’s central Plateau State on Tuesday night (7 November), as they returned from a weekly village market. Four more were injured during the incident in the Riyom Local Government Area (LGA), which happened at around 7.30pm. Seven were killed instantly, […]

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