CNA Staff, May 18, 2020 / 13:00 pm
Christians in Nigeria faced escalating persecution and a mounting death toll in the first four months of 2020, a new report has said.
In a report issued on 15 May, the International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law (Intersociety) said that 620 Nigerian Christians have been killed since the beginning of the year, and mapped a campaign of destruction and arson carried out against churches in the African nation.
The society, a non-profit founded in 2008 in Nigeria, works to promote civil liberties, the rule of law, criminal justice reform, and good governance. Its report said that "Nigeria's main Islamic Jihadists: Militant Fulani Herdsmen and Boko Haram/ISWAP have intensified their anti-Christian violence in the old Middle Belt and Northeast regions."
"The atrocities against Christians have gone unchecked," the report said, "with the country's security forces and concerned political actors looking the other way or colluding with the Jihadists."