Militant Fulani Association Threatens Churches

The photo shows people gathering firewood in rural Zamfara State. (Photo courtesy of CDC Global, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0>, via Wikimedia Commons)

An anonymous “Fulani Association” has threatened Christians in Nigeria’s Zamfara State, telling them to close churches or be attacked. Bandits sent the letter to a local police station. It details the planned burning of churches and the kidnapping of pastors and their families.

The Fulani group claims Christians started the trouble by chasing away their herds.

Tabitha Price with Wycliffe Associates says, “We’re hearing from our team members on the ground that this has created such a great need for the church. We need to support widows and orphans because the Christian men are being killed, and the women and children are fleeing.”

Nigerian government

Nigerian authorities have promised to protect Christians against these attacks. But Price says, “Some of the challenges that we’ve heard from our own partners and Christian friends is that in spite of the Nigerian government’s lip service to religious freedom, there’s often undercurrents of support. Or they at least turn a blind eye towards what is going on if it’s happening towards Christian groups.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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