CBN News reported last year that hundreds of Christians were killed in clashes with Muslim herdsman.
Fulani herdsmen, who are mostly Muslim have consistently attacked predominantly Christian villages in Nigeria’s Plateau state. Many of those killed are Christians, and they were reportedly hacked to death. According to the Global Terrorism Index, Fulani herdsmen have killed more than 60,000 people since 2001.
ACDP Member of Parliament Cheryllyn Dudley today said that, “While the world expressed its shock and horror over the horrendous slaughter of people in New Zealand this week, many people have expressed their concern that the 120 people killed in Fulani militant attacks since February in the Kaduna state of Nigeria have slipped by all but unnoticed as media attention was minimal.”
“The ACDP mourns the deaths of these villagers in Africa and we send our heartfelt condolences and prayers for all affected by these attacks. So much of Africa is plagued by the activities of marauding militia groups. The complex nature of the conflicts which usually revolve around ancient tribal feuds and cattle theft often have a tribal and religious face on things and the Islam verses Christianity theme tends to stand out. The reliance on firearms and other weapons to wield power and gain economic advantage is however a major driving force and so often they are very young.”
In the most recent attack on villagers in Nigeria 52 people were killed, dozens injured and around 143 homes were destroyed in attacks on the villages of Inkirimi, Dogonnoma and Ungwan Gora in the Maro district of the Kajuru Local Government Area, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide. This attack followed an attack in the Ungwan Barde village in Kajuru in which 17 people were killed and dozens of homes were burned. In late February, there was another attack in Maro that resulted in the deaths of about 38 Christians and saw homes and a church burned. On 10 February, 10 people were killed in an attack in Ungwan Barde as six others were killed in isolated attacks the day before.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a United Nations-recognized NGO that advocates for persecuted Christians worldwide, reports that victims in the attacks included women and children.
Nigeria ranks as the 12th worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution.
ISSUED BY: CHERYLLYN DUDLEY MP
18 March 2019