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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What does conviction of five Christian youths to hang for death of one Fulani herder show about the farmer–herdsmen conflict in N. Nigeria?

What does conviction of five Christian youths to hang for death of one Fulani herder show about the farmer–herdsmen conflict in N. Nigeria?

Five Christian youths were recently sentenced to death by hanging for killing a Fulani herder, himself alleged to have killed 48 people. The five are from Adamawa state in north-east Nigeria, one of the three states most severely hit by the Boko Haram insurgency. Many fled Boko Haram, only to […]

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‘Why have killers of Christians been set free?’ – Christian Association of Nigeria

‘Why have killers of Christians been set free?’ – Christian Association of Nigeria

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene after five Christian youths were sentenced to death in the north-eastern state of Adamawa, warning of a “miscarriage of justice” and bemoaning a lack of consistency in bringing killers to justice. On 11 June, a judge […]

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Nigerian pastor says security services threatened to kill him after Muslim woman’s conversion to Christianity

Nigerian pastor says security services threatened to kill him after Muslim woman’s conversion to Christianity

The Nigerian pastor who played a central role in the conversion of a young Muslim woman to Christianity has denounced the response of the country’s security services, from which he alleges he has received death threats. The first response of the Nigerian Department of State Security Services (DSS), in January, […]

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Nigeria: Seminary attacked, priest shot for ‘asking herdsmen to stop invading our school’

Nigeria: Seminary attacked, priest shot for ‘asking herdsmen to stop invading our school’

Armed men, believed to be Fulani herdsmen, yesterday (28 May) attacked a Catholic boys’ secondary boarding school in Jalingo, capital of the Nigerian central state of Taraba. A priest was shot in the leg, while valuables worth thousands of dollars were destroyed,  ‘This Day Live’ reported. The priest, named as […]

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Nigeria: 10 killed in Kogi state as herdsmen attacks move south

Nigeria: 10 killed in Kogi state as herdsmen attacks move south

At least ten people were killed as suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked Christian communities in Kogi state on Monday, 14 May. Nigeria has been plagued by violence attributed to the herdsmen, particularly in the Middle Belt and northeast. But now the violence is also affecting the predominantly Christian south states, with […]

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