Justice for Jos+ Project

The Justice for Jos+ Project spearheads Jubilee Campaign’s work on Northern Nigeria. Nigeria’s 150 million people are divided roughly 50/50 between the Christian majority South and the Muslim majority North. In the Muslim controlled North, Christians and ethnic minorities of both Muslim and Christian background are heavily discriminated against by the Muslim Hausa-Fulani community, which denies them equal treatment in land use, education, employment, and access to media. Despite a putative return to civilian rule in 1999, the legal system of Nigeria continues to allow these  violation of Nigerian civil rights. Incitement to violence against non-Muslim “infidels” is common and mob violence has forced many of the Christians who remain in the North to gather into exclusively Christian communities. The lack of consistent and effective prosecutions of crimes against Christians has created a climate of impunity which encourages violent crimes and gives the Christians no hope of justice.

Jos, which is a historically Christian city just south of the Muslim/Christian border, has been repeatedly and disproportionately attacked by Muslim rioters, many of whom are Hausa-Fulani from the far North. Jubilee Campaign took up the Justice for Jos Project in late 2010 with a special focus on the city of Jos and Plateau State generally.

However, over the last year and a half the April 2011 Post-Election Violence and the rise of the Boko Haram Terrorist group reignited conflict all over the North causing us to add the + to the Justice for Jos+ Project. We should not and will not ignore the suffering of Christians throughout the North.

Our quest to end the climate of impunity and bring justice to Jos and throughout northern Nigeria has taken us to the US Capitol, to the UN Human Rights Council, and to the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

Incidents

Christian Community Muslim Community Government Schools Media/ Medical Other Civilian Targets Totals
2014 75 8 12 6 1 36 138
2013 187 8 62 15 2 35 309
2012 193 14 100 13 5 91 416
2011 82 13 39 1 1 61 197
2010 34 7 2 21 64
Total 571 50 215 35 9 244 1124
% 50.8% 4.5% 19.1% 3.1% 0.8% 21.7% 100%
2014% 54.4% 6% 8.8% 4.4% 0.7% 25.7% 100%
2013% 60.5% 2.6% 20.1% 4.9% 0.6% 11.3% 100%
2012% 46.4% 3.4% 24% 3.1% 1.2% 21.9% 100%
2011% 42% 7% 20% >1% >1% 31% 100%
2010% 53% 11% 3% 0% 0% 33% 100%
by Jul.8.2014

Table Based on Number of Deaths

Christian Community Muslim Community Government Schools Media/ Medical Other Civilian Targets Totals
2013 1783 66 733 137 12 393 3124
2014 1631 52 681 76 0   1751 4191
Total 3414 118 1414 213 12 2144 7315
% 46.7% 1.6% 19.3% 2.9% .2% 29.3% 100%
2013% 57% 2.1% 23.5% 4.4% .4% 12.6% 100%
2014% 38.9% 1.2% 16.2% 1.8% 0% 41.8% 100%
by Jul.8.2014