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RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION: Nigeria: One Of The Countries In Which Christians Are Most Persecuted

“Nigeria is among the countries of the world in which Christians are most persecuted. We are all witnesses to the atrocities directed at communities that are predominantly Christian as it is in Benue and Plateau states,” said the Catholic bishops of the Lagos Ecclesiastical Province in a statement released at the end of their first plenary meeting for 2023.

A report dubbed ‘The Open Doors World Watch List 2023,’ released on January 17, 2023, points out of the total of 5,621 Christians killed for their faith during the reporting period, Nigeria recorded 5,014, marking the country as one of the most dangerous places “to follow Jesus.”

The report indicates that violence against Christians “is most extreme in Nigeria where militants from the Fulani, Boko Haram, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) and others conduct raids on Christian communities, killing, maiming, raping, and kidnapping for ransom or sexual slavery.”

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