Nigerian Government Continues to Deny Islamic Extremists ‘Premeditated Scorched-earth Campaigns’ Against Christians

Churchgoers pray during a morning service at the Saint Charles Catholic Church, the site of a 2014 bomb attack blamed on Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, in the predominantly-Christian neighborhood of Sabon Gari in Kano, northern Nigeria Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019. (Credit: AP Photo/Ben Curtis.)

A pregnant woman and a child were among four people killed in attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria‘s Plateau State last month.

The attackers targeted the villages of Ancha and Tafigana in the Bassa Local Government area, as reported by news site Nasoweseeamonline.

Margaret Wakili, 27, from Ancha—who was 6 months pregnant—was killed at the farm where she was visiting her husband. They both fled, but the attackers caught Margaret. As they killed her, her husband heard them shout “‘Allahu Akbar, we have killed infidel, we need to kill more,” he said. He identified the eight attackers as Fulani from Hayin Rukuba. An older woman in the village was also killed.

In Tafigana, a 46-year-old father, Thomas Wollo, and his 7-year-old son, Nggwe, were killed and then beheaded as they returned home from choir practice on the night of July 14.

Following these killings, the attackers went on to a nearby village, where they destroyed crops to the value of millions of naira, according to Zongo Lawrence, publicity secretary of Miango (a village near Bassa) Youth Development Association.

“We have been experiencing daily attacks by Fulani herdsmen in our communities, most especially on Sundays (worship days) and Thursdays (market days) respectively. They want to displace us at all costs, and we are not ready to give out our lands no matter their evil act,” he said.

Meanwhile, Nigeria’s former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has said he is deeply concerned about the downward spiral of violence the country seems to be caught in, according to Nigeria’s Guardian.

In an open letter addressed to current president Mohammadu Buhari, he warned of the consequences if the government can’t “get a handle” on the situation. Handing the country over to the likes of the Islamist Boko Haram insurgency and Fulani militants “may lead to planned reprisal attacks against Fulanis, which may inadvertently or advertently mushroom into pogrom or Rwanda-type genocide that we did not believe could happen, and yet it happened,” he said.

Nigeria’s government has been criticized for its inaction which, according to Amnesty International, has led to an escalation of the conflict between herders and farmers.

As World Watch Monitor has reported, the attacks are concentrated in the states in Nigeria’s “Middle Belt” which straddles the precolonial line dividing the predominantly Muslim north from its Christian south.

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SOURCE: Charisma News

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