Morning Star News, 28 January 2022 (excerpts)
Suspected Fulani herdsmen killed 4 Christians in Plateau state on January 22, after 18 Christians were slain in another area of the state on January 11, where six of those slain were children. The latter attack lasted for over two hours undistracted and unchecked.
In the two attacks, eight other Christians were reported wounded, and in one village 24 homes were burned down.
Fulani herdsmen also attacked the area in May, killing seven Christians.
Davidson Malison, a representative of the predominantly Christian Irigwe ethnic group, said, “We have called on security agents and the government on several occasions to grab the political will to end the spate of carnage being unleashed on Christians, yet no concrete and tangible efforts have been made.”
Nigeria led the world in Christians killed for their faith last year at 4,650, up from 3,530 the previous year, according to Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List report. The number of kidnapped Christians was also highest in Nigeria, at more than 2,500, up from 990 the previous year.
Nigeria trailed only China in the number of churches attacked, with 470 cases, according to the report.
In the 2022 World Watch List of the countries where it is most difficult to be a Christian, Nigeria jumped to seventh place, its highest ranking ever, from No. 9 the previous year.