Church leaders in Nigeria stated that Christians in the country are experiencing “a real genocide”.
Since January, the shepherds of the Muslim Fulani killed 6 000 people, mainly women and children, reports the Christian megaportal invictory.com with reference to gcshelp.org and Christian Today.
“What is happening in Plateau state and other States of Nigeria, is the genocide of clean water and should be immediately terminated”, — reads the statement of the Christian Association of Nigeria and heads of Church denominations in Plateau state.
Church leaders said that “more than 6,000 people, mostly children, women and the elderly, were mutilated and killed during night raids by armed Fulani herdsmen” that encourages them to appeal to the Nigerian government “to stop this senseless bloodshed in the country and to withdraw from the state of anarchy in which people are forced to defend ourselves.”
The Ministers also called on the international community and the United Nations to intervene in the situation with the attacks of the Fulani. They expressed concern that the attacks might spread to other countries.
“We are particularly concerned about the widespread insecurity in a country where senseless attacks and murders by armed Fulani herdsmen, bandits and terrorists occur daily in our communities without any restrictions, despite the huge investment in security”, they added, saying that the President muhammadu Buhari failed to prosecute the attackers.
They relied on several mass attacks this year, including the murder at the end of June, more than 200 people, mostly Christians, in attacks on local farmers, made by shepherds near the city of Jos.
Although some international media have tried to show the murders as a conflict between local community groups, Church leaders, together with major groups of observers, such as “Open Doors USA” and “International Christian Concern”, said that Christians were the primary target of the attackers.
“We reject the view that the attacks on Christian communities across the country, is the only clash between farmers and herders. The Federal government is mired in this false propaganda and deceit. It strongly promotes the political idea of creating colonies of cattle on native farm land belonging to the attacked communities. They want to send them to the Fulani herdsmen and see this as the only solution to the problem stated the Christian Association of Nigeria. How can it be a clash when one group is persistently attacks, kills, maims, destroys another and destroys their places of worship? How can it be a collision, when shepherds prey on the farmers in their villages, and farmers to flee? How can it be a collision, when the shepherds are predators, and indigenous farmers are their victim? While we do not call the illness of its true name, it will be difficult to find the right treatment.”
International Foundation for civil liberties and the rule of law, as well as the international community said Tuesday that a total of 1750 Christians together with Muslims have been killed as Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram radicals, which are separate by the terrorist group.
In its statement the international community also warned of the genocide.
“Nigeria is approaching genocide by killing, maiming, burning and destruction of churches and other places of worship, and the forcible seizure and appropriation of native of foreign lands, places of worship and dwellings of the indigenous Christians and representatives of other indigenous religions in Northern Nigeria,” the report says.
Roman Catholic Bishop William Avenya of Gboko separately stated charitable organization assistance to the needy of the Church, that the world should not wait for a full-scale genocide before taking the decision to intervene.
“Please don’t make the same mistake as in the case of the genocide in Rwanda, he said, referring to the mass extermination of the Tutsis in Rwanda, where in 1994, was killed about 1 million people. — It happened under our nose, but nobody stopped the genocide, and we all know how it all ended.”