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Most dangerous states to be a Christian in Nigeria

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According to a report by Open Doors USA, Nigeria is the 12th most dangerous country in the world for Christians. 

Militant Islamists in Nigeria have carried out numerous attacks on Christians in recent years. Boko Haram, a terrorist group based in north-eastern Nigeria, has been responsible for many of these attacks. The group’s goal is to create an Islamic state in Nigeria and they have attacked both Muslims and Christians in their quest to do so.

Christians living in northern Nigeria face numerous challenges. They are often discriminated against and live in fear of attack from Boko Haram or other militant Islamist groups.

Kaduna State

Kaduna is one of the most dangerous states to be Christian in Nigeria. There have been many attacks on churches and Christians by Islamic extremists, and the state government has done little to protect them. In November 2015, over 50 people were killed when suicide bombers attacked a church in Kaduna. In February 2016, another suicide bomber attacked a church in Kaduna, killing at least 17 people. These attacks show that Christians in Kaduna are not safe and that the state government is not doing enough to protect them.

Kano State

Kano is in the north western part of Nigeria and has a population of over 9 million people. The city is predominantly Muslim, with Christians making up a small minority. Many of the city’s Christians have been forced to convert to Islam, and those who remain are often targeted by Islamic extremists. In recent years, there have been several attacks on churches and Christian residents in Kano, resulting in numerous deaths.

Borno State

The north-eastern state of Borno is home to the deadly Boko Haram terrorist group. This group has been responsible for many attacks on Christians, including churches and religious gatherings. They have also kidnapped and killed Christian leaders and forced Christians to convert to Islam. In addition, they have carried out attacks on civilian targets, such as schools and hospitals. As a result of their activities, Borno has been declared a no-go zone for Christians by the Nigerian government.

Bauchi State

Bauchi state is located in the north eastern part of Nigeria. The state has a population of over 4 million people. Christians make up a minority of the population but are subject to violence and discrimination. In recent years, there have been several attacks on churches and Christian leaders in Bauchi state. In 2016, two suicide bombers attacked a church in Bauchi city, killing at least 19 people and wounding dozens more. Attacks on Christians have increased since then, with many Christians fleeing the state.

Adamawa State

Around 80 per cent of the population in Adamawa state, located in north-eastern Nigeria, is Muslim. Christians in Adamawa have been targeted by Islamic extremist groups, such as Boko Haram and Fulani herdsmen.

In February 2012, Boko Haram launched an attack on a church in Wudil, killing at least 15 people. In June 2014, Fulani herdsmen killed over 200 Christians in a series of attacks across five villages. In November 2016, Boko Haram attacked a church in Kantuma village, killing at least 50 people.

Christians living in Adamawa state face constant threats from Islamic extremist groups and are forced to live in fear for their lives. These groups have made it clear that they will not stop until all Christians have been killed or forced to convert to Islam.

Yobe State

Yobe state is located in the north-eastern part of Nigeria. Christians in Yobe state have been subject to violence and persecution from Islamic extremist groups, such as Boko Haram. In recent years, Boko Haram has carried out several attacks on Christian churches and communities in Yobe state.

In 2014, dozens of Christian students were massacred by Boko Haram at a school in the town of Buni Yadi. 

In 2016, two Catholic priests were killed by Boko Haram militants in the town of Yamteke. Christians in Yobe state have also been targeted by Fulani herdsmen. 

In 2018, Fulani herdsmen killed over 100 Christians in villages around the town of Madagali.

Jigawa State

Jigawa is one of the most dangerous states to be Christian in Nigeria. There have been numerous reports of Christians being attacked and killed by Muslim extremists. The state has a long history of religious violence, and the situation has only gotten worse in recent years. Christians in Jigawa live in constant fear for their lives, and many have been forced to flee the state.

Niger State

Niger, located in West Africa, is one of the most dangerous states to be Christian in Nigeria. The population is almost entirely Muslim, and Christians are a very small minority. Christians in Niger are subject to discrimination and violence from the Muslim majority. In addition, the government has been known to persecute Christians and restrict their religious freedom.

Sokoto State

As a Christian in Sokoto, you face several dangers. The state is majority Muslim, and there have been several attacks on Christians by Boko Haram and other Islamic extremist groups. In addition, the government has been accused of favouritism towards Muslims, which can make it difficult for Christians to get jobs or access education and other services.

Kogi State

In Kogi State, Christians are often persecuted for their faith. The state is home to several terrorist groups, including Boko Haram and Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP). Christians have been targeted in several attacks, including a church bombing in November 2015 that killed at least 21 people.

Plateau State

It is estimated that Christians in Nigeria suffer approximately 1,000 deaths per month at the hands of Islamic extremists. Of these, the fatalities in Plateau State account for about 300 killings each month. This makes Plateau the most dangerous state for Christians in Nigeria.

There are several reasons why Plateau is such a deadly place for Christians. For one, it is home to the radical Islamic group Boko Haram. This terrorist organization has vowed to exterminate all Christians from the region, and they have carried out numerous attacks on churches and other Christian targets.

In addition, Plateau State is also home to a large number of Fulani herdsmen. These nomadic pastoralists have been engaged in a long-running conflict with local farmers, and many Christians have been caught in the crossfire. The Fulani herdsmen are often armed with AK-47 assault rifles, making them a formidable force against unarmed civilians.

The situation in Plateau State is so dire that many Christians have fled the region altogether. However, those who remain are constantly living in fear for their lives. Many have been forced to abandon their homes and livelihoods, and some have even been forced to convert to Islam to save themselves from certain death.

Taraba State

Taraba is one of the most dangerous states to be Christian in Nigeria. The state has been plagued by religious violence for many years, and Christians have been targets of attacks by both Islamic and Fulani herdsmen. In recent months, the violence has escalated, with Fulani herdsmen carrying out several deadly attacks on Christian communities. In one incident, over 100 Christians were killed when Fulani herdsmen attacked a village in the state.

Taraba is also home to several radical Islamic groups, such as Boko Haram and Ansaru. These groups have targeted Christians in the past, and there is a risk that they could carry out further attacks in the future. Christians living in Taraba are advised to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the authorities.

Benue State

Benue is one of the most dangerous states to be Christian in Nigeria. The state has seen a rise in religious violence in recent years, with Christians being targeted by Muslim herdsmen. 

In 2017, over 700 people were killed in a series of attacks on churches in the state. Christians in Benue have also been attacked by Boko Haram, and the extremist group has vowed to continue its fight against “infidels” in the state.

November 4, 2022 in Benue State

Suspected Fulani herdsmen have invaded communities in Benue State killing at least 18 children and injuring many others.

The attack happened in the Kajuru Local Government Area (LGA) of the state where residents said the attackers were armed with guns and knives.

Residents told Vanguard newspaper that the attacks started around 6 pm on Sunday when suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked the community along the Gbaramatu-Kajuru road.

A resident, Mr Samuel, said the attackers came in groups of about 50 people and began shooting sporadically before moving towards the houses.

He described the incident as “a bloody scene” adding that the victims had been hacked to death with machetes.

Mr Samuel said he hid his family under a tree until nightfall when he went back home to get some food and water for his wife and children.

He added that the attackers then returned and shot dead his neighbour, Mrs Mary, who was pregnant.

He said: “I saw my neighbour lying on the ground with blood oozing out of her body. I ran to help her but she died on the spot.

“My neighbours were taken away by the gunmen. We don’t know what has become of them.

“We are now afraid to go outside our houses. We are just waiting for rescue teams to come and save us.”

Mr Samuel said the gunmen were still roaming the area looking for more victims.