The conflict: thousands have been killed; hundreds of thousands more displaced
The silence: from the Nigerian government, limited to no local and international press, no public consciousness
The complexity: religious, ethnic, environmental, political, and geographical elements – misrepresented as a simple “local land dispute”
In Nigeria, 60,000 people have been brutally killed since 2001. Radicalized extremists, such as Boko Haram and Fulani militants, are carrying out a bloody campaign against the poor and rural populations, who are predominantly Christian.
It’s time to stop this silent slaughter.
IT’S TIME FOR A RALLYING CALL
1. Fulani militants are 6 times deadlier than Boko Haram
The 2019 Global Terrorism Index states that 2,040 people were killed by radicalized Fulani militants in 2018 alone. That makes this conflict six times deadlier than Boko Haram’s insurgencies in the same year.
2. Indifference is not an option
Nigeria faces an extreme risk of civil unrest in 2020. The attacks by Fulani militants on local farming communities are a major security concern with potential global humanitarian repercussions like human trafficking, forced mass immigration, and major human rights violations.
We need an organized, coordinated action plan to give a voice to the voiceless, to stabilize the country, and ultimately, to bring peace to Nigeria. Indifference is no longer an option.
3. Urge the authorities to act
It’s time to join us in our movement for justice. We are calling on our local governments to put pressure on the Nigerian government to take action. They must work to stop the escalating violence and put an end to this silent slaughter–once and for all.
Frequently Asked Questions
How did the conflict start?
The Fulani population is mostly Muslim and represents the world’s largest nomadic herding group. They are dispersed across West Africa, but in Nigeria, the Fulani are mainly concentrated in the northern states, with a strong tradition of migrating from one area to another.
While conflict over land-use has occurred for years, in the last ten years specifically, it has been exacerbated by radicalized religious undercurrents, as well as environmental factors like drought and climate change.
While Christians are not the only victims of these atrocities, the estimates of Christian victims are staggering:
- 88% of Fulani attack victims in Nigeria’s Benue State were Christians
- 75% of victims in Nasarawa State were Christians
- 70% of victims in Taraba State were Christians
What is the magnitude of the slaughter happening in Nigeria?
In 2018, the U.S. Department of Defense’s Africa Center for Strategic Studies estimated that by January of 2020, more than 60,000 people had died since 2001 in herder and farmer-related violence in Nigeria. Thousands have been injured in the attacks, and hundreds of women have been kidnapped. The conflict has led to large-scale displacement–300,000 people were displaced in 2018 alone–and a high poverty rate. Radicalized Fulani militants have burnt down countless homes and churches and seized large swathes of property. With 2,040 people killed in 2018, this conflict has become Nigeria’s most serious security challenge. The global humanitarian repercussions that will follow are yet to be seen.
Why doesn’t the Nigerian government stop the bloodshed?
President Buhari’s administration has remained silent so far about the slaughter of thousands of religious minorities in Nigeria. A vast majority of them are undeniably Christian. The persistent silence from the Buhari government is further encouragement to Fulani militants to pillage and occupy land but also to kill anyone who resists. The government’s response to most incidents reinforces the Fulani as a group of attackers without criminal repercussions.
How can you help us raise awareness?
We must put pressure on the Nigerian government to break the silence, but we need your help to spread the word. Please support our mission by signing the petition and sharing it with everyone on social media. Let’s speak up for the people of Nigeria.
Sign the petition demanding President Muhammadu Buhari take concrete action. Let’s put an end to this silent slaughter.