Recent mass kidnappings and a spate of smaller attacks around Nigeria are serving to raise the profile of the often-forgotten trend of increased violence in Africa’s most populous country. Many factors contribute to the violence, including religious tension.
27 students, 3 teachers and 12 staff-family members were kidnapped from Government Science College in Niger State by suspected Islamic extremists. The attack took place during the early morning hours of Wednesday, February 17th, when men dressed in military uniform overpowered security guards at the school.
Christian Social Movement of Nigeria (CSMN) conducted another relief project to 216 Christian widows in Rimau Kallah in Southern Kaduna on Thursday 7th January 2021. The cash relief project is one of the palliative measures to succour the persecuted brethren while efforts are geared towards mobilizing funding through the Lay Faithful Trust Fund to rehabilitate and empower them.
A video was released on Saturday showing the 39 students abducted from the College of Forestry Mechanization in Kaduna State last Thursday pleading to be rescued from their captors. According to Reuters, the footage circling on social media shows the students laying on the forest floor while armed men in military uniform beat them with sticks.
02/10/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Today marks the 50th anniversary of bilateral relations between China and Nigeria. Formally established on February 10, 1971, relations have expanded in recent years and have come to entail tens of billions of dollars in trade, investment, and development assistance.