The International Society for Civil Liberties and the Rule of Law, Intersociety, on Monday alleged that killer herdsmen and Boko Haram insurgents have in the first six months of 2018, killed 1,750 Christians and other non-Muslims in Nigeria.
This came as Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, claimed that it has also lost over 500 of its members in Plataeau, Benue and Taraba states as a result of farmer-herders crisis in the region.
Intersociety in a statement by its Board Chairman, Comrade Emeka Umeagbalasi; Head Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, Obianuju Joy Igboeli and Head, International Justice and Human Rights Programme, Chinaza Ndidiamaka Bernard, said the killer herdsmen also massacred 8,800 Nigerians mostly Christians in three years, from June 2015 to June 2018, Vanguard writes.
“Nigeria is drifting to faith genocide through killing, maiming, burning and destruction of churches and other sacred places of worship and forceful seizure and occupation of ancestral, worshipping, farming and dwelling lands of the indigenous Christians and other indigenous religionists in Northern Nigeria.
“The situations have worsened with loss of lives in six months of 2018 of no fewer than 1,750 Christians and other non-Muslims to terror herdsmen.
“No fewer than 8,800 Christians have also been targeted and killed in Nigeria in the past three years of June 2015 to June 2018.
“The Christians killed in Nigeria since then by security forces were 1,014 out of 2,265 killed; including 1,130 members of Shiite Muslim sect; herdsmen killed 275 while Boko Haram insurgents killed over 2,450, out of no fewer than 4,000 killed. Zamfara bandist killed 80 out of no fewer than 160 killed in Kaduna State along Birnin Gwari Federal Road and its surroundings in six months of this year targeted at travellers and other road users.
“From our general evaluation too, no fewer than 2,360 innocent Nigerians were killed. 1,750 by herdsmen, 250 by Boko Haram and 360 by Zamfara bandits in the first six months of 2018 (Jan-June 2018). No fewer than 13,221 defenseless Nigerians also got killed by the trio as well as the security agencies in the past three years.”
Meanwhile, Miyetti Allah, while lamenting the loss of 500 members also ensued for peaceful cohabitation among Nigerians, calling on governments at all levels and leaders of the conflicting parties in the North Central States to provide harmonious environments for lasting peace in their areas.
MACBAN chairman in south east geopolitical zone, Alhaji Gidado Siddiki, while commiserating with all the families that lost their loved ones in the ugly incidents across Nigeria however, denied the notion that the latest crisis in Plateau “is exclusively caused by herdsmen and targeted at the Christian population alone.”