The 2019 Global Terrorism Index states that 2,040 people were killed by radicalised Fulani militants in 2018 alone. That makes this conflict six times deadlier than Boko Haram’s insurgencies in the same year.
Nigeria faces an extreme risk of civil unrest in 2020. During the fifth US-Nigeria Binational Commission meeting, hosted in Washington DC, Nigeria’s Foreign Minister told US Secretary of State that the security threat Nigeria faces is existential. Attacks by Fulani militants on local farming communities have become a major security question with potential global humanitarian repercussions: human trafficking, mass immigration and human rights violations.
Indifference is no longer an option. An organised, coordinated action plan is required to stabilise the country and ultimately bring peace to Nigeria.
Join us in our movement for justice. We are calling out to our governments to put pressure on the Nigerian government. They must take action towards stopping the escalating violence and putting an end to this silent slaughter--once and for all.
President Buhari’s administration has largely remained silent so far about the slaughter of thousands of religious minorities in Nigeria, in which a vast majority of them are undeniably Christian. The persistent silence from the Buhari government is further encouragement to Fulani militants to pillage and occupy land and to kill anyone who resists. The government’s response to most incidents reinforces the Fulani as group of attackers without criminal repercussions.
The Fulani population is mostly Muslim and represents the world’s largest herding nomadic group. They are mainly concentrated in the northern states of Nigeria and in many Sahelian West African nations with a strong tradition of seasonal migration from one area to another, sometimes across national borders.
Conflict over land-use has occurred for years, however in the last ten years the conflict has been exacerbated by radicalized religious undercurrents, as well as environmental factors including drought and climate change.
While Christians are by no means the only victims of these atrocities, the estimates of Christian victims is staggering:
In 2018, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Africa Center for Strategic Studies estimated that by January of this year, more than 60,000 people would have been killed since 2001 in herder and farmer-related violence in Nigeria. Thousands have been injured in the attacks, and hundreds of women have been kidnapped. The conflict has caused large-scale displacement (300,000 people were displaced in 2018 alone) and a high poverty rate. Radicalised Fulani militants have burnt down countless homes and churches and seized large swathes of property. With 2,040 people killed in 2018, this conflict has become Nigeria’s most serious security challenge. The global humanitarian repercussions that will follow are yet to be seen.
We must put pressure on the Nigerian government to break the silence, but we need your help to spread the word. Please support us by signing the petition and sharing it with everyone on social media. Let’s speak up for the people of Nigeria.
Sign the petition demanding President Muhammadu Buhari to take concrete action. Let’s put an end to this silent slaughter.
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