ICC Note: Nigeria’s “Middle-Belt” Christians continue to suffer extremely at the hands of Muslim extremists. According to Morning Star News, one pastor repeatedly stabbed in April in Kaduna by Muslims calling him an infidel has relapsed into hospitalization after bouts in and out of coma. Meanwhile, fundamentalist Muslim Fulani tribesmen in the Jos Plateau region continue to ravage Christian farming villages with murder by fire, machete, and gunshots. In response to all of this severe persecution Christians are hitting the streets in Abuja to try and plead for the government’s intervention to stop these crises.
8/31/15 Abuja, Nigeria (Morningstar News) – A pastor stabbed in April by rampaging young Muslims in Kaduna state has suffered a relapse after an initial recovery, while hundreds of Christians from Plateau state this week traveled to the federal capital to protest ongoing violence in their state.
The Christians charged into the streets of Abuja two days after two more Christians were found killed by suspected Muslim Fulani herdsmen in Plateau state. The bullet-ridden bodies of Ibrahim Nyam and Jimmy Pam were discovered on Sunday morning (Aug. 23) in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area. Muslim Fulani herdsmen active in the area were suspected of killing the two members of the Church of Christ in Nigeria (COCIN) the previous evening as they traveled together by car, said two sources, one a COCIN member.
Christian groups from Plateau state on Tuesday (Aug. 25) went to Abuja to meet with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and present him with a petition outlining attacks on Christian communities by armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen. Ban was in Nigeria to meet Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari.
Kate Pam, leader of a Christian group petitioning the U.N. secretary-general, told Morning Star News that the killing of Christians in Plateau has become a recurring problem that the Nigerian government has deliberately shied away from tackling.