IRIGWE GENOCIDE: The Slaughter of a People
Irigwe-land is under attack. The past few years have seen an increase in, and more coordinated, attacks by the Fulani militants that have slaughtered her people.
The Irigwe people group has resided in Nigeria for centuries. They are predominantly Christian adherents and were the origin of Christian missions in the Middle-Belt and North since Roland Bingham arrived in the late 1800s.
They are believed to be a small people group with a population between 100,000.
Genocide is taking place in Nigeria.
Boko Haram has killed over 27,000 civilians, more than ISIS killed in Iraq and Syria combined. According to the Global Terrorism Index, Nigeria is the world’s third most dangerous country after Afghanistan and Iraq.
For over twenty years, Nigeria has been experiencing a silent slaughter of genocide. The International Committee On Nigeria (ICON), along with the International Organisation for Peace-building and Social Justice (PSJ), have collected and organized data from reputable sources.
These sources include Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLEDdata.com), Nigeria Security Tracker (CFR.org),
The conflict: thousands have been killed; hundreds of thousands more displaced
The silence: from the Nigerian
government, limited to no local and international press, no public
The complexity: religious, ethnic, environmental, political, and geographical elements – misrepresented as a simple “local land dispute”
In Nigeria, 60,000 people have been brutally killed since 2001. Radicalized extremists, such as Boko Haram and Fulani militants, are carrying out a bloody campaign against the poor and rural populations, who are predominantly Christian.
It’s time to stop this silent slaughter.
Thomas Jefferson wrote what he considered to be the greatest accomplishments of his life, the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom in 1777, where he said people have a “natural right” to worship God according to the dictates of their consciences. James Madison would use this statute as a model while drafting the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The sentiment carried forward nearly two centuries later, when Religious Freedom Day was first proclaimed in January 1993. Past presidents have used this occasion to ask Americans to take
ICON: This is a long time coming, as many have known this to be the case already, but it has not been acknowledged by the Federal Government. Please read the following article published by AP.
By SAM OLUKOYA (Jul. 26, 2018)
LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigeria now faces a deadlier threat than its own Boko Haram insurgency, with fighting between farmers and herdsmen over scare resources killing far more people this year, a new report said Thursday.
The violence “threatens to become even deadlier” and could undermine national stability ahead of elections next year,
ICON, in conjunction with Heritage Foundation and 21Wilberforce hosted Gen. TY Danjuma and Gov Darius Ishaku to challenge the narrative in Nigeria.
Amnesty International released a scathing report on how the Nigerian Armed Forces are continuing to prove that it can’t be trusted (AI Report: “Nigeria 2017/18”). How can the country trust the armed forces if there are reports of rape, violence & abuse? The media has been running wild with accounts and accusations that stem from AI’s report, but the Nigerian armed forces continue to deny, criticize and disregard (see BBC’s article, “Boko Haram Crisis”).