Nigeria’s Christians Cry Out ‘Enough Bloodshed’ as Muslim Fulani Violence Continues

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(Open Doors USA) The death toll in Nigeria’s Benue State continues to rise. Over the last week, Christians have been massacred in what has turned into a spree of violence by Muslim Fulani militant herdsmen.

Only a day after Fulani militants stormed a church service in the Christian village of Mbalom, killing 19 worshippers and razing more than 60 houses, the group mounted yet another onfall of violence in four predominantly Christian communities. The attacks have left at least 39 Christians dead.

The violence has Christian churches and organizations crying out in outrage over the continued slaughter of Christians. Since 2001, an estimated 60,000-plus Christians have been killed in Fulani violence in northern Nigeria (#14 on the World Watch List). In this year alone, deaths of Christians number at least 560.

Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari faces growing unrest as Christians voice their grief and outrage over continued Fulani attacks, despite Buhari’s previous pledge to eradicate terrorism in Africa’s most populous country.

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  • Rescue the weak and needy; Deliver them out of the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:4

  • VETCON

    Seems to me that my country (USA) can entangle itself into foreign wars but only for economic gain. The atrocities in Nigeria and the killing of Whites in South Africa are more noble causes to stop. But it will never happen. Nothing to exploit in either region.

  • Susan Perelka

    Abba Father, Convict our leaders to stand up for the weak and needy and to deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Give them the wisdom on how to accomplish it and make their way prosperous. Deliver our brothers and sisters from all their troubles, and bring peace to their lands. I ask this for each nation where our brethren are being persecuted. I also ask this for any persons who are being treated unjustly and oppressed. Set the oppressed free in the safety for which they long for. Let Your gospel message be declared with boldness and confidence. Thank You Lord for Your help in our time of need. Your mercies are new day by day. In Jesus glorious name. AMEN

  • While I certainly agree that this was a horrible event, I have to say that this article is quite misleading in that it says nothing about Christians killing Muslims. In fact, in January of 2010, Christians killed 300 Muslims in one attack.

    I tend to think that the violence likely was sparked by Muslims, given the depth of the beliefs of radical Muslims, but once the tit for tat murders began, it is an unending circle of violence. I just wish articles would tell the whole story and not spread hatred with propagandized (information left out) messages.

    More on this by googling “Time” and “The Violence in Nigeria: What’s Behind the Conflict?”