In mass murder last week that marks just one of such attacks targeting Nigeria’s Christian population, several children reportedly killed violently by suspected Fulani herdsmen, who have been feuding with Christian farmers over the last few years and have contributed to suspected thousands of deaths.
The Fulani are Muslim and it is believed they have aligned themselves with Boko Haram, the jihadi group that targets Western-style schools in Africa, sometimes kidnapping hundreds of students at once in their violent jihadi quest against non-Islamic education.
In the village of Kwi in Riyom County near Jos last Sunday, Morning Star News reported, 14 Christians were “butchered to death” as local Christian rights activist Solomon Mandiks told the newspaper.
The newspaper also quoted Asabe Samuel of the Evangelical Church Willing All in the Dong village in Jos North Country, where eight Christians were killed in an attack on the same day.
“I was by the central area of the village, which has shops and serves as a market, when I heard Fulani gunmen shooting around my house,” Samuel told Morning Star News. “This forced us to run to hide.”
While Samuel could hear gunshots near her house, she nonetheless still “rushed” to her dwelling and as she got closer, “found that one Istifanus Shehu, 40, a member of COCIN (Church of Christ in Nations) who has had mental health challenges, was shot dead, and his corpse was lying beside my house. We heard the attackers retreating and shouting ‘Allahu Akbar (Allah is greater).’ The herdsmen were also communicating with themselves in the Fulani language.”
Pastor Jonathan Kyoomnom Bala of the ECWA told the paper the police did not arrive until the next day.
“These herdsmen carried out the attack on us for about 40 minutes and left without intervention from soldiers or the police,” he said.
The Fulani Militia, rated by Christian rights watch group International Christian Concern as the fourth deadliest terror group in the world, also killed 15 other Christians in the same state last month.
While ICC says the Fulani have surpassed Boko Haram as the greatest threat to Nigerian Christians, they are said to have been working with the terror group as of late, which has grown to the strength that some worry they might even be poised to take over the capital city of Abuja.
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