Nigeria Ranked Most Dangerous Place to Be a Christian in 2023

Nigeria Ranked Most Dangerous Place to Be a Christian in 2023

  • The Federal Republic of Nigeria has been ranked as the worst place to be a Christian in the world in 2023
  • This is according to the 88-page report of the 2023 Persecutors of the Year Report that was released on Tuesday, November 7
  • According to the report, 549 Christians were killed in 55 attacks in Nigeria between March and July 2023.

Legit.ng journalist Adekunle Dada has over 5-year-experience covering metro and government policy

Washington, United States - The International Christian Concern (ICC) has listed Nigeria among the worst persecutors of Christians in 2023.

This was contained in its 2023 Persecutors of the Year Report released in Washington, United States on Tuesday, November 7.

Nigeria Ranked Most Dangerous Place to Be a Christian in 2023
Nigeria tops list of most dangerous place to be a Christian in 2023 Photo Credit: @metropolexpress
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The 88-page report names the countries, entities/groups, and individuals that harass, imprison, torture, and assassinate Christians for practising their faith.

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According to the ICC, North Korea, India, Iran, China, Pakistan, Eritrea, Algeria, Indonesia and Azerbaijan as being oppressive towards Christians.

The organisation said at least 549 Christians were killed in 55 attacks in Nigeria between March and July 2023.

“Whether the world acknowledges the plight of Nigerian Christians or not, the country has become a burial ground for Christians.”

It partly read:

“Nigeria is arguably the most dangerous place to be a Christian in the world today. In the North, a very hostile group of Muslim extremists have attacked and devastated the minority population of Christians. In the Middle Belt, armed Islamic terrorists, known as Fulani militants, have been killing Christians and stealing their land at a prodigious rate for the last 20 years.
“Between mass murder and land stealing, millions of Christians have been displaced. Since May 2011, Boko Haram alone has been recorded as being responsible for more than 38,000 deaths. Nigerian leaders tell the West that this is a complicated problem between herders and farmers with tribal overlays. But the truth is that we are witnessing a genocide of Christians in the North and Middle Belt, accompanied by an immense land grab.”

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The ICC report also identified six entities: Allied Democratic Forces, Al-Shabab, Fulani Militants, Sahel Terror Groups, The Taliban and Tatmadaw (Burmese Army) as the worst oppressors of religious freedom and minorities.

It also listed individuals like Kim Jong Un of North Korea, Xi Jinping of China, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey, Yogi Adityanath and Isaias Afwerki, as the worst persecutors globally.

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The country was ranked first with a ninety-six (96%) prayer rate while Nigeria, a Christian and Muslim-dominated country, ranked second with ninety-five (95%) followed by Algeria which emerged as the third most prayerful country in the world, with eighty-eight per cent centnt (88%) prayer rate (88%).

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President Bola Tinubu came under heated criticism over political appointments by his government, as he is being reminded about his Muslim-Muslim ticket with Vice President Kashim Shettima.

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Adekunle Dada (Politics and Current Affairs Editor) Adekunle Dada is a journalist with over 5 years of working experience in the media. He has worked with PM News, The Sun and Within Nigeria before joining Legit.ng as a Politics/Current Affairs Editor. He holds a B.Sc. in Mass Communication from Lagos State University (LASU). He can be reached via adekunle.dada@corp.legit.ng.

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