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ICC Note: 

Unprotected by Government and their pleas unheard, the Christian youth in the middle belt region of Nigeria are considering taking up arms and defending against the  Fulani Militia themselves.  Just in October, close to 40 people have killed by Fulani Militia. After 7 people were killed and villages burned earlier in October,  Southern Kaduna elders pleaded for both the Kaduna as well as federal government to extend protection. However a week later, on October 15 and 16 Fulani attacked communities in Kaduna again, killing over 30 Christians.  

Immediately after the attack, The Southern Kaduna Peoples’ Union released a statement stating  Nigerian government was not doing enough to protect lives and properties, calling the attack an  “ unprovoked massacre of  peace loving, law abiding villagers”. 

12/6/2016 Nigeria (YNiaga) –  Christian youths inKaduna State under the aegis of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Youth Wing have threatened to take up arms in self-defence over incessant attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen.

The National President of YOWICAN, Daniel Kadzai, in Abuja on Monday said the threat was necessary following perceived complacency by the government and security agencies.

The group also asked the Federal Government to close Nigeria’s borders to Cameroon, Benin republic an Chad since it has claimed the herdsmen were foreigners.

They also condemned the plan by governor of the state, Nasir El-Rufai to compensate the herdsmen for their cattle.

Kadzai said, “Whether the Fulani terrorists are from Nigeria or not, we the Christian youths agree that there is a deliberate and calculated attempt to cleanse Christians in Nigeria. Thus, we call on all Christians to resist attacks.

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