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Nigeria gangs wipe out 15 villages mass Christian slaughter

PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:30 am

Nigeria Armed gangs Wipe out 15
villages in mass Christian slaughter


ARMED men stormed through 15 villages to massacre Christians and destroy their churches in a violent crackdown against the religion in Nigeria

Dozens of people have been killed after the gangs ransacked towns and villages to clear them of all aspects of the Christian faith.

Houses belonging to believers have also been razed with authorities doing little to help, an anti-persecution watchdog claimed.

Open Doors spoke to one Christian who described the broad daylight attack carried out by a group of Fulani - one of Africa’s largest ethnicities.

A spokeswoman said: “One attack took place in broad daylight, as people were about to go to church.

“The assailants chased and killed the villagers and burned down nine churches and many more houses.”

Christian persecution is a major problem in Nigeria which has been exacerbated by the spread of radical Islamic teaching and practice.

The shocked witness said Christians needed more protection from the country’s leader or lives would continue to be lost.

They said: “Despite several calls to the governor and his deputy, and other security apparatus, the government remained silent as the atrocities continued.

“The Fulani were able to carry out their deadly attack. They stayed for hours in the vicinity, moving at will, unchallenged.”

Details of the attack, which took place in north-eastern state of Adamawa earlier this year, have only just emerged.

In the central state of Nasarawa, 25 villages have been destroyed since January 15.

Again, the predominately Christian victims said they had been abandoned by leaders.

A spokesman for the Concerned Indigenous Tiv People group said: “Since the outbreak of the crisis on January 15 this year, due to the Fulani /herdsmen attack on our villages, leading to the displacement of Tiv in their ancestral homes, the Nasarawa State Governor, Tanko Almakura, has done very little to bring the situation under control.”

Other attacks have taken place in Benue State and across the Middle Belt region of the country. The Army has now been deployed to certain areas in order to stop the violence.

A spokeswoman for Open Doors said: “Believers experience discrimination and exclusion, and violence from militant Islamic groups, resulting in the loss of property, land, livelihood, physical injury or death; this is spreading southwards.

“Corruption has enfeebled the state and made it ill-equipped to protect Christians. Rivalry between ethnic groups and raids by Fulani herdsmen compound the persecution. Converts face rejection from their Muslim families and pressure to recant.”

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PostAuthor: Anthea » Wed Mar 20, 2019 12:42 am

Hundreds of Christians killed in Nigeria attacks

From February through mid-March, as many as 280 people in Christian communities in northern and middle Nigeria were killed in attacks

Islamic Hausa-Fulani militants and Boko Haram continue to attack Christians in the country — in 2018, there were thousands killed.

Last week, 52 women and children were killed and 100 homes were destroyed in attacks on the Inkirimi and Dogonnoma villages in Maro, Kajuru Local Government Area (LGA), according to the Christian Broadcasting Network.

Thousands are displaced after so much violence has forced them to flee their homes. People who survived recent attacks have appeared in photos with machete wounds and burns from fires, according to CSW, an advocacy group supporting Christians worldwide.

Nigeria ranks as the 12th worst in the world for Christian persecution, according to the Open Doors USA's 2019 World Watch List . Parts of Nigeria treat Christians as second-class citizens and many face persecution from their own families, Open Doors USA says.

The southern part of the country has a bit more respect for religious freedom, advocates say.

Nigerians recently went to the polls to elect a new president and chose Muhammadu Buhari, 76, from the All Progressives Congress, according to the BBC. The candidate representing the People's Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has filed a legal challenge to the results , Reuters reported today.

Abubakar alleges there were irregularities. Buhari's campaign says the vote was free and fair, Reuters reports

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