At least 39 people were killed in March in two Nigerian states and 61 others were abducted as Muslim Fulani herdsmen and Islamic extremists continue attacking Christians.
According to Morning Star News, more than 100 suspected Fulani herdsmen and extremists killed 32 civilians and two military members March 20 in several areas of the predominately Christian town of Kagoro (in Kaduna state). During the raid, about 200 houses and 32 shops were set ablaze.
In Adamawa state in early March, 25-year-old Sheriff Yongo was slain between Demsa and Numan. He was returning home from an annual Lutheran Church of Christ Nigeria convention when he and two traveling companions were ambushed, reported the human rights group International Christian Concern. His companions fled, returning later to find him dead of knife wounds; one of his fingers was completely severed.
Other attacks against Christians in Kaduna state that Morning Star News reported include the following:
- March 5: One person was killed and 11 were kidnapped in Dutsen Gayan village.
- March 11: Suspected Islamic terrorists killed three people in Gonin Gora village and abducted four others.
- March 17: 46 men, women and children were kidnapped in Agunu Dutse village.
Last year, Nigeria led the world in the number of people killed or kidnapped because of their Christian faith.
Nigeria is No. 7 on Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.