Nigerian jihad summer 2020

This is an update of the continuing slaughter of Christians in Nigeria.

Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Monday (July 20) killed 11 Christians in an attack in Kaduna state, Nigeria, in the village of Gora Gan.

This brings the number of murdered Nigerian Christians to 50 since June 12. This particular attack sent seven survivors to the hospital in Zonkwa. Many houses were torched, and there are now over 500 new refugees in a camp in Zonkwa.

The herdsmen on Sunday (July 19) attacked predominantly Christian Kukum Daji, in Kaura County, killing 18 Christians and wounding 31 others, according to Christian community leader Yashen Sunday Titus. A wedding reception was taking place at the time, he said.

In Kajuru County, Fulani herdsmen on Friday (July 17) attacked Doka Avong village, killing five Christians, including 3-year-old Faith Shagari and Dorcas Shagari, 6. Also slain were Gloria Shagari, 25; Hussaini Daudu, 40; and Ayuba Bulus, 40, sources said.

On the same day in Katchia County, herdsmen attacked Mai-Ido village, killing four Christians and kidnapping 10 others, resident Chris Maiyaki told Morning Star News by text message. …

Attacking the southern Kaduna villages of Chibuak and Kigudu on July 9-10, the herdsmen killed 20 Christians, said the Rev. Aaron Tanko, an area Roman Catholic priest.

Many others are missing, and we presume that they might have been kidnapped,” Tanko said.

Nine Christians were killed in Chibuak on July 9, and 11 were killed in a night raid on Kigudu village on July 10, he said.

Some people are still missing, so I cannot conclusively say this is the casualty figure,” Tanko said. “Some of those killed are my parishioners, and other Christians of other church denominations. …

On July 12 herdsmen killed two other Christians in Anguwan Audu, sources said. The Rev. Gambo Waziri of the ECWA [Evangelical Church Winning All] said recent attacks on 20 predominantly Christian communities have displaced 1,200 people. …

Herdsmen attacked the villages of Doka, Afogo, Kallah, Gefe and Libere, all bordering the Ladugga grazing reserve, July 2-5, area Christian leader Awemi Dio Maisamari said in a press statement. … two women at Doka were seriously wounded, and one man named Yohanna Mutane was killed at Maraban Kajuru….

Luka Binniyat, spokesman for the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU), said Kaduna Gov. Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai has shown no concern about the killings.

The summer spree of killings was kicked off on June 12 with the murder of Evangelical pastor Bulus Bayi. He was targeted. They found him working on his small farm.

Non-governmental aid workers who are trying to help Nigerian Christians are also targeted. Here is a story from yesterday:

Boko Haram militants have killed five hostages, including four aid workers, who were abducted last month in northeastern Nigeria, a UN spokeswoman told CNN on Thursday.

The aid workers belonged to different humanitarian agencies, and a security personnel member working with the team was among the hostages, said Eve Sabbagh, spokeswoman for the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Assistance.

I posted several times last year about jihad in Africa. The situation has only worsened.

Three of my 2019 posts were focused on jihad in Nigeria. Four additional posts surveyed jihadi attacks more generally in Africa and included bulletins about murders, arsons, kidnappings and other jihadi violence in Nigeria. Y’all have not heard more from me, not because I lost interest, nor because the slaughter abated, but because I was afraid I was wearing you out with death reports from the African jihad.

Two weeks ago the Family Research Council issued a report, “The Crisis of Christian Persecution in Nigeria.” That report is mostly a presentation of material that was in my posts from last year, with some fresh information from earlier this year and also they have some really good quotes. They include a pretty good political analysis, though they handled some aspects of the story with more restraint than I wish to see.

Last month in the UK, the UK All Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief, headed by Baroness Caroline Cox, issued a report: “Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide?”

There is a lot of overlap between these two new reports. They dryly present a catalog of death and destruction suffered by Christians at the hands of Muslim jihadiis.

Nobody thinks that these efforts to bring fresh political attention to the jihad in Nigeria will change anything.

How long, O Lord, how long?

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19 thoughts on “Nigerian jihad summer 2020”

  1. Find out who they are.
    Kill them all.
    Kill their wives.
    Kill their children.
    Kill their parents.
    Kill their friends.
    Kill their neighbors.
    Kill their animals.
    Salt the earth where they lived.

    Will you pitch or catch?

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  2. How much is religion really the reason for  the hatred, and how much is it just a marker for “different/not my tribe”, do you think? Like , if the Christians were Buddhist instead or a different branch of Islam they would still be targeted? How long indeed.

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  3. Sahel countries and their ally France on Tuesday vowed to press ahead with a tactical shift in their campaign against an eight-year-old jihadist insurgency, saying the change had notched up substantial gains although major challenges also remain.

    After a summit in the Mauritanian capital Nouakchott to review the new strategy at the six-month mark, French President Emmanuel Macron said there had been “spectacular results.”

    “We are convinced that victory is possible in the Sahel, and that it is decisive for stability in Africa and Europe,” he said. “We are in the process of finding the right path thanks to the efforts that have been made over these last six months.”  …

    Under the change, France deployed an extra 500 troops to its Barkhane anti-jihad force in the Sahel, bringing its complement to 5,100.

    Since then, the jihadists have continued to carry out attacks almost daily, but they also lost a key leader to a French raid and are fighting internally, according to security sources.

    https://www.thedefensepost.com/2020/07/01/anti-jihad-fight-sahel/

    These countries are north and west of Nigeria and are experiencing the same jihad from similar bad guys.  The crowning accomplishment of the fighting over the past six months came in early June, with the assistance of a U.S. drone.

    Abdelmalek Droukdel, once regarded as Algeria’s enemy number one, was killed by French special forces in an operation against AQIM near the border with Mali, on 3 June 2020. Photo: AFP

    [AQIM = Al Qaeda In the Maghreb]

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  4. Jojo:
    How much is religion really the reason for  the hatred, and how much is it just a marker for “different/not my tribe”, do you think? Like , if the Christians were Buddhist instead or a different branch of Islam they would still be targeted? How long indeed.

    The problem is Islam.  Where there are Muslims and Hindus living together, there is violence.  Where there are Muslims and Buddhists living together there is violence.  There used to be violence where Muslims and Zoroastrians were living together, until the Muslims killed all the Zoroastrians.  There used to be violence between Muslims and Pagans a very long time ago, but that was a short amount of time because Islam does not allow Muslims to live together with Pagans, so the Muslims killed all the Pagans and took their land.

    In Africa the Sahara Desert has been growing for a few thousand years.  The chief mechanism for the expanding desert is overgrazing (Team Obama blamed it on Global Warming, as if it had only started when Obama became president).

    As the land dries out the herders look for new grazing areas.  This has led to land disputes that are many centuries old.   What is new and more lethal in the current century is that Saudi oil money has been used to buy weapons for the herders.  See, the herders are Muslim, while the farmers are Christian.

    You can read a much longer version of this in my first post from last year:

    https://www.ratburger.org/index.php/2019/03/21/nigerian-land-dispute/

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  5. Fourteen Christians were killed and another six injured during a recent attack on a village in Nigeria carried out by Muslim Fulani herdsmen.

    Victims of the attack belonged to Bethel Baptist Church in Agbadu-Daruwana, and 13 of the people who died were members of the same extended family. Within that family, only one person now remains alive.

    Local law enforcement say Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, who is himself a Fulani, pressures them not to use the term “Fulani” in describing attacks, and a reports from at least two government official eliminate use of the term, describing the assailants only as criminals.

    But a local woman says the attackers spoke the Fulani language as they ransacked the village.

    https://disrn.com/news/14-christians-killed-6-wounded-in-muslim-attack-in-nigeria

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  6. MJBubba:
    The problem is Islam.  Where there are Muslims and Hindus living together, there is violence.  Where there are Muslims and Buddhists living together there is violence.  There used to be violence where Muslims and Zoroastrians were living together, until the Muslims killed all the Zoroastrians.  There used to be violence between Muslims and Pagans a very long time ago, but that was a short amount of time because Islam does not allow Muslims to live together with Pagans, so the Muslims killed all the Pagans and took their land.

    In Central Africa the Christians and animists get along and the war is between them and the Muslims. Back when India and Pakistan were the same country, the Indians and Sikhs got along but the war was between them and the Muslims. Lots of different religions can get along with each other pretty well. Sometimes religions can get weird and violent, the Burmese Buddhists are pretty horrific at the moment. Buddhism on the whole seems pretty chill though. Islam with very few exceptions has always fought with the House of War. When was the last time you heard about a Sikh from Pakistan  or a Christian from Arabia blowing anything up?

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  7. Henry Castaigne:

    MJBubba:
    The problem is Islam.  Where there are Muslims and Hindus living together, there is violence.  Where there are Muslims and Buddhists living together there is violence.  There used to be violence where Muslims and Zoroastrians were living together, until the Muslims killed all the Zoroastrians.  There used to be violence between Muslims and Pagans a very long time ago, but that was a short amount of time because Islam does not allow Muslims to live together with Pagans, so the Muslims killed all the Pagans and took their land.

    In Central Africa the Christians and animists get along and the war is between them and the Muslims. Back when India and Pakistan were the same country, the Indians and Sikhs got along but the war was between them and the Muslims. Lots of different religions can get along with each other pretty well. Sometimes religions can get weird and violent, the Burmese Buddhists are pretty horrific at the moment. Buddhism on the whole seems pretty chill though. Islam with very few exceptions has always fought with the House of War. When was the last time you heard about a Sikh from Pakistan  or a Christian from Arabia blowing anything up?

    The Burmese Buddhists still remember the oppression of the Communists, and subsequent oppression by a non-ideological totalitarian military regime.  They have watched Muslim terrorists from relatively short distances away in Thailand, Malaysia and India.

    Americans find it shocking to hear of violent Buddhists.  When you know their backstory it is not so surprising.

    Central African Republic briefly broke into the Western press in 2014.  Muslim terrorism and a Muslim coup had not managed to gain any western news media coverage.  But when Christians formed a militia to fight back then the Fake News Media had a few brief moments to shout “Violence!”

    Media coverage prompted Pope Francis to go to Bangui to visit a Mosque and lecture the Christians about getting along.  After that, the strife in Central African Republic dropped entirely from the media.

    Typical.

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  8. MJBubba:
    The Burmese Buddhists still remember the oppression of the Communists, and subsequent oppression by a non-ideological totalitarian military regime.  They have watched Muslim terrorists from relatively short distances away in Thailand, Malaysia and India.

    Americans find it shocking to hear of violent Buddhists.  When you know their backstory it is not so surprising.

    I admit to being quite ignorant of the history Burma. However, are you sure that what is happening to the Rohingha isn’t unhinged bigotry? Islam can be a bad religion and treatment of the Rohinga can be a great evil at the same time.

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  9. Henry Castaigne:

    MJBubba:
    The Burmese Buddhists still remember the oppression of the Communists, and subsequent oppression by a non-ideological totalitarian military regime.  They have watched Muslim terrorists from relatively short distances away in Thailand, Malaysia and India.

    Americans find it shocking to hear of violent Buddhists.  When you know their backstory it is not so surprising.

    I admit to being quite ignorant of the history Burma. However, are you sure that what is happening to the Rohingha isn’t unhinged bigotry? Islam can be a bad religion and treatment of the Rohinga can be a great evil at the same time.

    I agree.  I think the Rohingya got really bad treatment in India, which is what caused so many of them to cross the border in the first place.  I can understand why the Burmese are unhappy with so many of them, but their treatment of the Rohingya ought to be prosecuted.

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  10. On Tuesday (Aug. 18) in Zangon Kataf County, herdsmen attacked Unguwan Gankon village, killing a 16-year-old student, Takama Paul, and another Christian, 30-year-old Kefas Malachy Bobai, a father of three children, Luka Binniyat of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU) said.

    “Armed Fulani militia invaded Unguwan Gankon village in Gora Ward, Zangon Kataf LGA, and killed two persons and burned seven houses,” Binniyat said in a press statement. “Wary neighbors, however, came to the rescue, and the murderers fled.”

    On Monday (Aug. 17) in Kajuru County, he said, herdsmen killed a Christian farmer and father of nine, Bulus Joseph, 48. His wife and three of his children were also attacked but survived, he said.

    https://morningstarnews.org/2020/08/pastor-16-year-old-girl-among-11-christians-killed-in-kaduna-state-nigeria/

    Here is a photo of one of the men killed earlier this summer:

      Godwin Jonathan Bakoshi

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  11. I neglected to post an update from earlier this month:

    Following the slaughter of 33 Christians in Zangon Kataf County in early August, Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Sunday (Aug. 16) killed four Christians and kidnapped their driver, Danlami Dariya, as they travelled in a vehicle in Kajuru County, area resident Zephaniah Bature said.

    “Four of the Christians inside the car were killed instantly,” Bature told Morning Star News by text message. “The driver was kidnapped by the herdsmen, and among those killed are three men and an old woman.”

    Muslim Fulani herdsmen also attacked Kachia County’s Bugai village on Sunday (Aug. 16), according to area resident Mamman Danbaba.

    https://morningstarnews.org/2020/08/as-outcry-grows-37-more-christians-killed-in-nigeria/

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  12. I should note also that today was “International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief.”

    Saturday marks just the second celebration of the United Nations day for victims of religion-based violence, a commemoration inaugurated on August 22, 2019.

    The U.N. General Assembly, in its resolution A/RES/73/296, designated 22 August as the International Day Commemorating the Victims of Acts of Violence Based on Religion or Belief “recognizing the importance of providing victims of acts of violence based on religion or belief and members of their families with appropriate support and assistance in accordance with applicable law.”

    By proclaiming an International Day to commemorate victims of religiously motivated violence, the General Assembly recalled that “states have the primary responsibility to promote and protect human rights, including the human rights of persons belonging to religious minorities, including their right to exercise their religion or belief freely.”

    https://www.breitbart.com/faith/2020/08/22/pope-francis-god-does-not-want-name-terrorize-people/

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  13. More than 20 herdsmen rode into Damba Kasaya village, Kaduna state, on motorcycles at about 8 a.m. in an attack….

    “Our church, Aminchi Baptist Church, here in Damba Kasaya, was burned, and Mr. Benjamin Auta, aged 35, was killed during the attack,” village resident Nuhu Aruwa told Morning Star News by text message.

    Local news reports said Auta was killed while pursuing the fleeing herdsmen, but Aruwa said they killed him in his house, which is close to the school where the students were kidnapped. The herdsmen abducted seven Christians from the village in Chikun County, he said.

    “Among them were four students of Prince Academy and one of their teachers,” Aruwa said. “Two other Christian farmers, a woman and a man, were captured and taken away too by the herdsmen.”

    Village resident Emmanuel Zakka said three girls were kidnapped among the students – 10-year-old Favour Danjuma, Miracle Saitu Danjuma, 15, and Happiness Odoji, 16 – along with Ezra Bako, 17. Zakka identified the kidnapped teacher as Christiana Madugu, 29.

    In the same county’s Damishi village, herdsmen reportedly abducted six Christians on Saturday (Aug. 22) from a hotel where they had taken refuge after Fulani herdsmen attacked their village. Two of the six kidnapped were women nursing babies.

    One Man Slain, Children and Others Kidnapped in North-Central Nigeria

    Also,

    On Saturday (Aug. 22) in Kakura village, in the Kajuma area also in Chikun County, Muslim Fulani herdsmen reportedly kidnapped an Anglican priest and his 10-year-old son. The Rev. Meshach Luka of the Anglican Diocese of Kaduna and his son were kidnapped from his station at Kakura II Kujama Missionary Archdeaconry.

    They were freed on Monday (Aug. 24), according to the Hausa Christians Foundation, without providing details of their release.

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  14. Over the past decade:

    More than 50,000 Christians have been displaced from 109 villages now occupied by armed Fulani herdsmen in Kachia, Kajuru, Chikun and Kaura counties, all in southern Kaduna state, according to Luka Binnayat Southern Kaduna People’s Union (SOKAPU).

     

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  15. Summer is over and jihad continues.

    In Plateau state the herdsmen attacked Kpachudu village in Miango District, Bassa County west of Jos, at about 8 p.m. on Monday (Sept. 28), said area resident Patience Moses in a text message to Morning Star News. Slain were Emmanuel David, 6; Asabe John, 25; and Mary Andrew, 18, she said.

    Last week a 64-year-old Christian community leader was one of eight Christians killed in Plateau state by Fulani herdsmen, who are predominantly Muslim. Chundung Bulus, 52, said her husband, Bulus Chuwang Janka, was lured out of his house by a call to his cell phone the evening of Sept. 21 in Rasat village, Barkin Ladi County.

    “We were watching a program on television together with my husband at about 7:30 p.m. when suddenly our electric generator switched off – and suddenly, his mobile phone rang,” she told Morning Star News.

    Her husband went outside to try to find a spot for better network reception, she said.

    “A few minutes after he stepped out of the house, we heard distress shouts for help from him,” said Bulus, whose family belongs to the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN). “My son and I rushed out to find out what was happening, when his attackers also shot at us. We were able to identify them as herdsmen. We escaped and hid ourselves and saw how my husband was being cut with machetes by the herdsmen.”

    Fulani herdsmen also attacked their village on July 17, she said.

    Dagallang Dabot, chairman of the Berom Educational and Cultural Organization, confirmed the killing in a text message and decried numerous attacks on Christians in the area.

    Children Killed, Christian Leaders Kidnapped in Nigeria

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  16. New report from America, dated October 1, 2020:

    The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) today released the following new report on religious tensions and Fulani communities in west and central Africa:

    West and Central Africa Factsheet – This factsheet explores the role that religion plays in escalating violence committed by and against Fulani communities in west and central Africa. Predominantly Muslim and historically associated with cattle herding and livestock rearing, Fulani communities – one of the largest ethnic groups in the world – stretch across the African continent from Senegal to Sudan and have been both the victims and perpetrators of violence against civilians in many countries in recent years. Although the extent to which religious ideology contributes to driving this violence remains a subject of debate, the trend of increasing violence by and against Fulani groups is clearly aggravating religious tensions in countries such as Nigeria and the Central African Republic.

    In its 2020 Annual Report, USCIRF recommended that the U.S State Department designate Nigeria as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC) for its ongoing, systematic, and egregious religious freedom violations. USCIRF also recommended that the State Department place the Central African Republic on its Special Watch List (SWL).

    https://www.uscirf.gov/release-statements/uscirf-releases-new-report-about-religious-tensions-and-fulani-communities-west

    Note that the U.S. government is adopting the framing of the Left: Muslim herders are “both the victims and perpetrators of violence against civilians….”

    The violence is not equivalent at all.  I posted about the imbalance, and the framing of the story, in my post from early last year:

    https://www.ratburger.org/index.php/2019/03/21/nigerian-land-dispute/

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