A jaw-dropping 3,462 Christians have been killed at the hands of Islamic militants in Nigeria just this year so far, but the mainstream media have barely mentioned it all.
Neonnettle The Nigeria-based nonprofit, The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law, reported the death figures mid-way through 2021 are almost the same as the entire number of 2020.
The group said:
This number further represents daily average Christian deaths of seventeen and second-highest since 2014 when over 5000 Christian deaths were recorded in the hands of Boko Haram and Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen. While Boko Haram killed over 4000 Christians in 2014, the Jihadist Fulani Herdsmen accounted for 1,229 Christian deaths. In our last report issued on 11th May 2021, covering January to April 2021, we found that no fewer than 1,470 Christians were hacked to death, and in the past 80 days or 1st May to 18th July 2021, not less than 1, 992 Christian lives have been lost.
The group also highlights the sharp rise in the abduction of Christians and damaged churches:
We also found that no fewer than 780 additional Christians were abducted in 80 days or 1st May to 18th July, whereas between 1st January and 30th April 2200 were abducted. This brings the total number of the abducted Christians since January to 3000, out of which at least three out of every abducted thirty Christians were most likely to have died in captivity, thereby indicating additional secret death in jihadists’ captivity of 300 Christians… The number of Churches threatened or attacked and closed or destroyed or burnt since January 2021 is also estimated to be around 300, with at least ten priests or pastors abducted or killed by the jihadists.
In northern Nigeria, jihadists allegedly “operate freely under the cover and protection of the security forces.”
HeartCry Missionary Society, an American ministry that supports several dozen pastors in Africa — Nigeria is “divided roughly in half between Muslims, who live mostly in the north, and Christians, who live mostly in the south. The nation has “the world’s fifth-largest Muslim population and sixth-largest Christian population,” leading to “heavy persecution of Christians by Muslims in northern Nigeria.”
Archbishop Matthew Man-oso Ndagoso described how Christians are being killed like chickens” in his country.
Speaking to LifeSiteNews, Man-oso Ndagoso said that in the Muslim-dominated northwest, people live in constant fear, especially in the states of Kaduna where he lives.
“It is one of the states where everybody walks around afraid. There are kidnappers and bandits, and they are killing people. Villages are being burned down,” Archbishop Ndagoso said. “In other parts of the country, if something happens, the Muslim president shows up. But here people are being killed, and nothing is being done about it,” he said.
Ndagoso said there is “systemic persecution of Christians in these states.”He added the nation’s leaders “do not have the political will to address the issues, to enforce the provisions of the constitution regarding the equality of religions and the equality of citizens before the law.”
As Breitbart News alone reported Fulani jihadists racked up a death toll of over 120 Christians within the space of three weeks in central Nigeria in 2019, employing machetes and gunfire to slaughter men, women, and children, burning down over 140 houses, destroying property, and spreading terror.
At the time, The New York Times did not place this story on the front page; in fact, they did not cover it at all.
Without exception, the mainstream media gave top billing to the shootings, with newspapers carrying the story on their front pages and television news channels leading off their broadcasts with the story.
The bizarre aspect of the coverage was not, in fact, the attention paid to a heinous crime committed in New Zealand, but the absolute silence surrounding the simultaneous massacre of scores of Christians by Muslim militants in Africa.
The New York Times did not place this story on the front page; in fact, they did not cover it at all. Apparently, when assessing “all the news that’s fit to print,” the massacre of African Christians did not measure up. The same can be said for the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit Free Press, the LA Times, and every other major paper in the United States.
Finally, the story simply does not play to the political agenda that many mainstream media would like to advance. How much mileage can be gained from Muslims murdering Christians, when Christians in America are often seen as an obstacle to the “progress” desired by liberals? The left sees Christians in the United States as part of the problem and seeks to undermine their credibility and influence at every turn rather than emboldening them.
“No one much cares about offending Christians,” wrote the coalition of African-American pastors in an essay last Tuesday. “In fact, mocking, belittling, and blaspheming Christianity is becoming a bit of a trend in our culture. Anti-Christian bigotry truly is the last acceptable prejudice.”