Jos, 20 April, 2022 / 3:04 pm (ACI Africa).
A recent study by the International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) has revealed that jihadists in Nigeria are killing their fellow Muslims in alarming numbers as extremism rages in various States of the West African country.
The human rights foundation that advocates for democracy and good governance in Nigeria has found that struggle for economic dominance and long-standing inter-ethnic hatred are the key factors behind the violence that has been known to hugely target Christians.
In the report dated April 4, researchers at Intersociety established that violence in Nigeria is increasingly targeting “moderate” Muslims, with the gap between Christian and Muslim deaths narrowing over the years.
The researchers found that in 13 years, 75,644 Nigerians have been killed in the past 13 years with Christians accounting for 45,644 deaths, and defenseless Muslims accounting for 30,000 deaths.
“In the past thirteen years or July 2009 (Boko Haram uprising) to March 2022, the Christian death tolls had risen to no fewer than 45,644, from 43,000 as at August 2021. Estimated 30,000 moderate and defenseless Muslims were also killed during the period by the country’s Jihadists,” Intersociety says in the report.