On January 3, suspected Fulani herdsmen attacked a village in the Kaduna state of Nigeria despite the ceasefire signed between the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) and the Southern Kaduna People’s Union over the weekend. The Guardian recently reported that MACBAN, an umbrella body of the Fulani, called for peace in the area and for herdsmen and farmers to live in harmony. This led to a ceasefire, but it did not stop yesterday’s attack. Community members were able to resist the attack so there were no casualties or neighborhood damage. The continuing conflict between the herdsmen and farmers in the Kaduna state has not received the same level of scrutiny as Boko Haram-led attacks. Some suspect that the Nigerian government has not actively pursued a cessation of violence because Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, is a Fulani Muslim. Fulani-led attacks should not be ignored and still inflict damage on vulnerable populations, like Christians.
1/4/2017 Nigeria (Daily Post) – Despite the peace pact signed recently between Miyetti Allah and Southern Kaduna people for everyone to live in peace, suspected Fulani herdsmen Tuesday invaded Sunji/Kagoro community in Kaura local government area of Kaduna state.
DAILY POST reports that there was a strong resistance by members of the communities and security personnel when the herdsmen invaded the area.