Brutal Violence Against Christians In Nigeria Leads to Hundreds Killed In Islamist Fulani Raids

(PHOTO: REUTERS/AFOLABI SOTUNDE) Christians in Nigeria suffering under continued terror attacks in this undated photo.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/AFOLABI SOTUNDE)
Christians in Nigeria suffering under continued terror attacks in this undated photo.

As Nigeria continues battling well-known terror groups like Boko Haram, reports have stated that hundreds of people have been killed and Christians have been heavily targeted in brutal Islamist Fulani raids across the country’s “Middle-Best.”

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into the tribal clashes between Fulani ethnic herdsmen and local farmers in central Benue state, BBC News reported, expressing “deep shock” at the level of violence that has left hundreds of people dead across several villages.

“We will conduct an investigation to know exactly what happened; the only way to bring an end to the violence once and for all is to look beyond one incident and ascertain exactly what factors are behind the conflicts,” Buhari said.

He added: “We are all one nation and one people. There should not be any reason why Nigerians of any group or tongue cannot now reside with one another wherever they find themselves after decades of living together.”

The attacks also reportedly displaced close to 7,000 villagers.

Persecution watchdog groups, such as International Christian Concern, have pointed out that much of the violence is aimed at Christians, who make up close to half the nation’s population.

“The level of brutality that Fulani herders continue to barbarously wage toward Nigerian Middle-Belt Christian communities cannot be understated. ICC condemns this systematic, ongoing depopulation of the region within the highest order of human tragedy and atrocity. Fearing Christians face constant threat of fire, machete, and gunshots as each of these attacks tells the same tragic story,” ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, Troy Augustine, said in a statement.

“We must not allow the frequency and heightened brutality Christians continue to endure in this region to desensitize us to the real human loss and suffering they experience,” he continued.

“Nigerian officials should follow their first mandate in protecting all Nigerians against violent threats to life and property, whatever the source, instead of allowing these crimes to continue unpunished and conveniently explained away through the lens of resource wars and historical tribal tensions.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stoyan Zaimov

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