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: 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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Nigeria: Fulani herdsmen conflict has growing religious dimension – BBC

Nigeria: Fulani herdsmen conflict has growing religious dimension – BBC

Following the shooting dead of two Catholic priests and over a dozen parishioners at a church in Nigeria’s Middle Belt last month, the BBC has visited the village and spoken to survivors. Fr. Joseph Gor and Fr. Felix Tyolaha were killed during the morning Mass at St. Ignatius Catholic Church, in […]

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Nigerian Christians ask UK to help bring ‘healing, forgiveness and reconciliation’

Nigerian Christians ask UK to help bring ‘healing, forgiveness and reconciliation’

Nigerian Christian leaders met with the British High Commissioner to Nigeria this week to ask for help in establishing a Truth, Peace and Reconciliation Commission to bring “healing, forgiveness and reconciliation to Nigeria”. The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF), which met with Paul Arkwright in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on […]

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Trump tells Buhari: ‘We cannot allow Christians to be murdered’

Trump tells Buhari: ‘We cannot allow Christians to be murdered’

US President Donald Trump decried the killings of Christians in Nigeria as he met with the country’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, in Washington yesterday (30 April). Nigeria has been plagued by violence attributed to Fulani herdsmen in the Middle Belt and northeast. Benue state has been particularly affected, with attacks happening […]

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Nigeria: 7 more killed in another Benue attack

Nigeria: 7 more killed in another Benue attack

At least seven people were killed after suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked another church in Benue State yesterday (26 April). The attack came two days ago after the massacre of 19 worshippers, including two priests, at a Catholic church in Gwer West Local Government Area. In the early hours of yesterday […]

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Nigeria: pressure on Buhari to act increases after latest massacre

Nigeria: pressure on Buhari to act increases after latest massacre

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari – criticised for his lukewarm attitude towards the Fulani herdsmen held responsible for numerous attacks in the country – has come under more pressure to take decisive action following the latest massacre at a Catholic church in the Middle Belt state of Benue. On Tuesday (24 […]

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