Human rights advocates are calling for investigations and aid as Christians are oppressed in Nigeria’s Kaduna State after the Fulani Muslim Governor Nasir El-Rufai forcefully balkanized its Adara Chiefdom.
El-Rufai’s 2018 order for the dissolution of the Adara Chiefdom, the largest Christian community in Kaduna State, has escalated discrimination and violence as appointed leaders, including an emir selected by the Muslim governor, have been given authority over the previously self-governed people.
“The international community needs to support this religious and ethnic minority,” says Save the Persecuted Christians (STPC), which advocates on behalf of Christians and other faith groups worldwide facing persecution. STPC has submitted its Adara Chiefdom Report summarizing the oppression of the Adara to the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief for inclusion in his report to the UN General Assembly scheduled to convene as a hybrid-virtual event in mid-September.
“The indigenous, predominately Christian, Adara are victims of inequalities arising from differences in ethnicity and religion between their community and that of the governor and his administration,” the report states. “The Adara are subjected to illegal arrests, religious persecution, intimidation and unrestrained violence.”
One documented violent outbreak occurred just days after Adara sued El-Rufai for unlawfully reapportioning the Adara Chiefdom. Suspected Fulani Militants attacked an Adara village, murdering 11 people—mostly women, children and the elderly.
The report indicates attacks like these are not uncommon and regularly threaten lives of the ethnic minority.
“More than 300 Christians were killed in Nigeria in July,” said Dede Laugesen, executive director of Save the Persecuted Christians.
Of those, at least 100 were from Kaduna. This year already nearly 2,000 Christians have been mercilessly hacked and shot to death in surprise raids on their villages. These deadly, senseless attacks are often portrayed as ongoing clashes between farmers and herders. Those who follow closely believe they are part of a larger agenda — seemingly supported by government officials and security agencies — to drive Christians off their lands. Nigerian citizens have been disarmed by the government, but somehow, the Militant Fulani herdsmen are armed to the teeth and have no fear of encountering security response or capture. Rarely are the perpetrators captured or prosecuted, but frequently, the victims themselves are harassed and arrested after terrorist-friendly government officials like Governor El-Rufai circulates claims of ‘reprisal’ attacks.In the past few weeks, at least 19 were killed by gunmen in the village of Kukim Daji. The next day, 11 people were killed by Militants in the village of Gora Gan. On July 22, at least 38 people were killed in raids on two other villages and on August 6, 33 people were killed in Zango Kataf.
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SOURCE: Charisma News