Dozens of people have been killed after the gangs ransacked towns and villages to clear them of all aspects of the Christian faith.
Houses belonging to believers have also been razed with authorities doing little to help, an anti-persecution watchdog claimed.
Open Doors spoke to one Christian who described the broad daylight attack carried out by a group of Fulani – one of Africa’s largest ethnicity.
A spokeswoman said: “One attack took place in broad daylight, as people were about to go to church.
“The assailants chased and killed the villagers and burned down nine churches and many more houses.”
Churches are regularly attacked in Nigeria in waves of Christian persecution
Christian persecution is a major problem in Nigeria which has been exacerbated by the spread of radical Islamic teaching and practice.
The shocked witness said Christians needed more protection from the country’s leader or lives would continue to be lost.
They said: “Despite several calls to the governor and his deputy, and other security apparatus, the government remained silent as the atrocities continued.
“The Fulani were able to carry out their deadly attack. They stayed for hours in the vicinity, moving at will, unchallenged.”
Details of the attack, which took place in north-eastern state of Adamawa earlier this year, have only just emerged.
In the central state of Nasarawa, 25 villages have been destroyed since January 15.
Again, the predominately Christian victims said they had been abandoned by leaders.
A spokesman for the Concerned Indigenous Tiv People group said: “Since the outbreak of the crisis on January 15 this year, due to the Fulani /herdsmen attack on our villages, leading to the displacement of Tiv in their ancestral homes, the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Almakura, has done very little to bring the situation under control.”
Other attacks have taken place in Benue State and across the Middle Belt region of the country. The Army has now been deployed to certain areas in order to stop the violence.
A spokeswoman for Open Doors said: “Believers experience discrimination and exclusion, and violence from militant Islamic groups, resulting in the loss of property, land, livelihood, physical injury or death; this is spreading southwards.
“Corruption has enfeebled the state and made it ill-equipped to protect Christians. Rivalry between ethnic groups and raids by Fulani herdsmen compound the persecution. Converts face rejection from their Muslim families and pressure to recant.”
Politicians and media against Islamophobia but no against Christianophobia
This Friday, in the city of Christchurch (New Zealand), two mosques were attacked by a terrorist equipped with firearms, who was shooting at everyone who was there.
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A horrendous crime whose victim of younger age was only 3 years old
The terrorist killed 50 people, including a 3-year-old boy, Mucad Ibrahim. The murderer, Brenton Tarrant, broadcast the crimes live on Facebook, a video that millions of people have seen and that shows the criminal entering one of the mosques and firing their weapons against everyone who was inside. This massacre deserves the rejection of any minimally decent person. I hope that the full weight of the law falls on Tarrant, and that he is confined in a prison from which he is never allowed to leave: in New Zealand, fortunately, there is a life sentence to punish the most serious crimes.
The Guardian newspaper points to the Conservative Party of the United Kingdom
As it could not be otherwise, throughout the world there have been gestures of rejection towards this massacre, from political leaders and media, to religious leaders of different confessions. Some reflections that I have read have caught my attention. The British progressive newspaper The Guardian published an article signed by H.A. Hellyer, a Muslim author, with this title: “The Islamophobia that led to the Christchurch shooting must be confronted”, in which its author affirms the following: “every time we deny the threat of anti-Muslim bigotry, or underestimate the extent of Islamophobia – including in our party of government, the Conservative party – we give succour to those in our society who seek to whip up hate against our Muslim communities.” In the mention to the Conservative Party a link appears to a news article that talks about critics to the Islam by members of that party (for example, this opinion of a preservative politician is mentioned: “we’ll be a Muslim country under sharia law if Labour get in”). That is to say, that Hellyer relates an anti-Muslim attack in New Zealand with the criticisms of Islam that some politicians occasionally make on the other side of the world.
El País newspaper says of Islamophobia what it does not say about Christianophobia
In the same line, today the Spanish socialist newspaper El País publishes an editorial with this title: “Islamophobic attack”. The subtitle of that editorial makes this statement: “Hate speeches against the Muslim community can not have a place in a democracy.” The text ends with these words: “Combating Islamophobia is a duty and a quality test for democracies.” This statement is striking in a newspaper that has never published an editorial calling to combat Christianophobia, despite being the main reason for persecution against believers (in the world, 3 out of 4 persecuted because of their beliefs are Christians) and being, as it is today, the reason for 77% of the attacks against religious freedom in Spain. Attacks that leftist media such as El País tend to make invisible, perhaps because a large part of these expressions of hatred come from the political left. That newspaper is, in fact, a clear example of media with anti-Catholic prejudices: El País came to compare Ireland with Pakistan months ago, and also compared Asia Bibi – Christian mother condemned to death for blasphemy in Pakistan – with Willy Toledo, a Spanish communist actor who faces criminal cases for attitudes such as mocking the murders of Catholics in the Spanish Civil War.
The unequal reaction when Islamists murdered 148 Christians
The double yardstick of the progressive media in relation to Islamophobia and Christianophobia also includes reactions to terrorist attacks. On April 2, 2015, Islamist terrorists attacked Garissa University in Kenya, killing 148 Christians. The terrorists were looking for Christians to kill them by shooting and beheadings. The clear Cristianophobic mobile of that massacre was disguised by many politicians and media. In the European Parliament, leftist parties tried to erase all reference to Christians in the motion to condemn the massacre. The Guardian and El Pais then issued no appeal against Christianophobia, although it had clearly been the motivation of those terrorists when it came to cruelly selecting and killing their victims. Nor have there been political and mediatic appeals against Christianophobia, except for honorable exceptions, before the genocide of thousands of Christians in Nigeria, which is taking place before a staggering media silence in the West. Why this double standard? Are the lives of Christians worth less than those of other human beings? Where is the limit of the aversion of Western politicians and media against Christianism?