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Escalating Violence in Northern Nigeria – The Urgent Call for International Recognition and Action

In Nigeria, the escalating violence in the northern regions has placed civilians, particularly Christian communities, in the crosshairs of militant attacks. Recent reports highlight a harrowing year in which over 6,000 individuals lost their lives to such violence, drawing attention to the international community’s lack of action in recognizing and addressing the plight of these oppressed and voiceless groups.

Baroness Cox, a member of the UK’s House of Lords, has been a vocal advocate for the persecuted Christians in northern Nigeria, emphasizing the urgent need for the UK government to acknowledge the ongoing persecution. Following a fact-finding mission to the region, Baroness Cox shared insights from her discussions with local Christian leaders and victims of Fulani militant attacks.

One of the most poignant stories comes from Jos, where Deaconess Susan Essam recounted the tragic tale of Sarah, whose family was brutally murdered by militants. Despite her pleas to be killed alongside her husband and children, the attackers spared her life, leaving her to endure the pain and loss as a grim reminder of their brutality.

The Anglican Archbishop of Jos, Benjamin Kwashi, reported that within just the first half of the year, approximately 6,000 Christians were killed, with the death toll continuing to rise. The situation in Jos has become particularly dire, with reports from a church warden at St Timothy Church describing an attack by over 200 armed militants dressed in black, resulting in the loss of 19 more lives.

Archbishop Kwashi’s call to the government reflects a desperate plea for intervention and protection, amid growing concerns over the safety of Christian communities in their own homes.

Historically, conflicts between Fulani herdsmen and local farmers were attributed to disputes over land use, as herdsmen would graze their animals on farmers’ lands before moving on. However, Baroness Cox has highlighted a disturbing shift in these interactions, with Fulani militants now engaging in deliberate acts of violence, seizing land from Christian communities.

The UK government and mainstream media have often described these incidents as ethnic conflicts or clashes between farmers and herdsmen. However, the reality, as outlined by Baroness Cox, reveals a stark asymmetry in the violence, predominantly targeting Christian communities. This characterization fails to capture the escalating nature of the attacks and the significant armament of the Fulani militants.

Baroness Cox’s upcoming statement to the House of Lords aims to shed light on the severity of the situation and the critical need for a reevaluation of how these incidents are perceived and addressed by both national and international bodies. The call to action is clear: the suffering of these communities can no longer be ignored, necessitating immediate and decisive measures to prevent further loss of life and to ensure the safety and rights of Nigeria’s northern populations.

By Max Gibson

Max Gibson, also known as Mosheh, holds a bachelor's degree in computer science and has competed on his college's crew, cross country and track and field teams. Max co-founded the College Republicans and has run successful businesses, including Apex Web Services, which serves as CTO for non-profits Farrukh Saif Foundation and 'Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved.' He has been in a leadership position in the non-profit sector since 2011. In addition to his business pursuits, Max is a combat veteran of three major wars and is known for his generosity and strong belief in God.
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