A Nigerian pastor approached two Fulani herdsmen whose cattle had encroached on his farm. One of them slashed him with a machete, however, he was able to overpower the man before sustaining any other injuries. The two brothers who owned the cattle were arrested. The pastor forgave the two men and settled with them. He was able to show God’s love to the Fulani community who were surprised by his forgiveness.
07/07/2017 Nigeria (Christian Today) – A pastor has been attacked by Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria – just the latest in a line of violent assaults suffered by Christians in the middle belt of the country.
Ibrahim Maisaje, a pastor at the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), visited his family farm in the village of Panwasa Mada on 26 June. According to a report from World Watch Monitor, he then saw cattle eating his crops.
Upon approaching herdsman, he was slashed with a machete. Fortunately, he was eventually able to overpower the man. The Fulani herdsman and his brother, who owned the cattle, were arrested.
‘The father to the two boys accepted the damages and pleaded with me for settlement between me and him,’ Maisaje told World Watch Monitor. ‘It took the grace of God upon me to forgive the Fulani man for what his children had done to me and my crops.’
Fulani herdsmen are being driven away from the Sahara region by increasing desertification, but that means they often encroach onto land owned by Christian farmers.