Nigeria, a nation that hasn’t received the ‘Country of Particular Concern’ designation from the U.S. Department of State, is included in the International Christian Concern’s (ICC) 2023 report as one of the harshest persecutors of Christians.
The report paints a troubling picture of the threats Christians encounter in Nigeria, suggesting that it could be the most dangerous place for Christians globally.
“Nigeria is arguably the most dangerous place to be a Christian in the world today,” the report stated.
The ICC report outlined 55 attacks in Nigeria that led to the unfortunate loss of 549 Christian lives over a span of four months, from March to July.
It also brought attention to distressing incidents, including the burning of a Catholic seminary and the killing of a seminarian in Kaduna State, as well as a brutal massacre of over 20 individuals in a village in Plateau State by radical militants in August.
A significant portion of this persecution can be attributed to terrorist groups such as Boko Haram, responsible for more than 38,000 deaths in the past 12 years, and the enforcement of Sharia law in 12 northern states.
“Whether the world acknowledges the plight of Nigerian Christians or not, the country has become a burial ground for Christians,” the report declared.
In addition to Nigeria, the ICC’s report pinpointed nine other countries that exhibit oppression towards Christians. These countries are North Korea, India, Iran, China, Pakistan, Eritrea, Algeria, Indonesia, and Azerbaijan.
The report highlights recurring themes of religious suppression, forced labor, violence, and stringent legal restrictions within these nations.
Furthermore, the ICC report identified six organizations, including the Allied Democratic Forces and Al-Shabab, as some of the most severe violators of religious freedom and minority rights.
Additionally, the report singles out five individual figures, such as Kim Jong Un of North Korea and Xi Jinping of China, as some of the most prominent global persecutors.
Despite the grim conditions described in the report, Nigeria has not received the ‘Country of Particular Concern’ designation from the U.S. Department of State.
The report emphasizes the urgent need for international attention and action to address the widespread persecution of Christians in Nigeria and the other countries mentioned.
“Nigeria is a country torn by violence. From large, organized terror groups to small, disconnected communal militias, the violence in Nigeria is endemic,” the report concluded.
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