Kaduna, 15 June, 2023 / 9:17 pm (ACI Africa).
Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria reportedly murdered “not less than 700 defenseless Christians” during the month of May this year, an investigative report indicates, and claims that the Christians lost their lives as “farewell gifts” to Muhammadu Buhari, the predecessor of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Nigeria’s new President who was sworn in on May 29.
In the Monday, June 12 International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law (Intersociety) report issued with the title, “Farewell Gifts To Buhari, Ors: 700 Christians Slaughtered In May, 1,100 In 60 Days And 2,150 In 160 Days Of 2023”, the authors also rank the killings by Nigerian States.
The authors of the Intersociety report say, “The Nigerian radical Islamic leaders who marked the end of their civilian office tenures on 29th May 2023 were wished farewell by Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen who marked the end of their office tenures by slaughtering not less than 700 defenseless Christians in May 2023 (month of handover).”
“Plateau State donated 350 Christian lives, Benue 190, Kaduna 100, Nasarawa 62, Niger 50, Taraba 40, Borno/Yobe 40,” the report of the research and investigative rights group, which has been monitoring and investigating religious persecution and other forms of religious violence by State and non-State actors across Nigeria since 2010, indicates.
According to the report by the human rights group that does research and investigation by direct contacts with victims and eyewitnesses, “not less than 300 Christians were slaughtered in Plateau State (Mangu county, etc.) between 15th and 17th May 2023 alone.”