Joshua Adah, a pastor in Nigeria’s Taraba state, has been murdered by suspected Muslim herdsmen. Pastor Adah is survived by his wife and two children. Years of battles between Fulani Muslim herdsmen and Christian farmers over territory in Taraba and other middle belt states have regrettably left hundreds dead, seen to the destruction of churches and the decimation of entire communities.
01/28/2015 Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Friday (Jan. 23) killed a father of two in Taraba state whose pastoral ministry had brought education, medicine and clothing to thousands of impoverished people, sources said.
Pastor Joshua Adah was returning to his mission station in Bantaje, a village near Jalingo, from an evangelistic outreach to some villagers when his vehicle broke down after he had gone to some villages for evangelistic outreach, a ministry supporter told Morning Star News. Armed, ethnic Fulani cattlemen had invaded area Christian communities last week.
Joseph Kwaji, a police spokesman for the Taraba State Command, confirmed that Muslim Fulani killed Pastor Adah. Area Christians spoke as if Boko Haram had a hand in the slaughter, as the Islamic extremist group and other terrorists from outside the state have in some cases supported and joined the Muslim herdsmen in their longstanding conflicts with primarily Christian farmers.