Over 6,000 People Have Been Murdered in Nigeria So Far, Says CAN
ICC Note: The Christian Association of Nigeria reports that over 6,000 people, mostly women and children, have been murdered in 2018 by Fulani militants. Civilians have long demanded that the Nigerian government act to stop the frequent attacks and bring the perpetrators to justice. CAN’s statement also appeals for intervention by the international community to prevent the chaos from spreading to neighboring countries.
07/11/2018 Nigeria (Christian Today) – Church leaders in Nigeria have reported that Christians in the country are experiencing “pure genocide” as 6,000 people, mostly women and children, have been murdered by Fulani radicals since January.
“What is happening in Plateau state and other select states in Nigeria is pure genocide and must be stopped immediately,” said the Christian Association of Nigeria and church denominational heads in Plateau State in a press release.
The church leaders said that “over 6,000 persons, mostly children, women and the aged have been maimed and killed in night raids by armed Fulani herdsmen,” which is prompting their cry to the government of Nigeria “to stop this senseless and blood shedding in the land and avoid a state of complete anarchy where the people are forced to defend themselves.”
The press release also pleaded with the international community, as well as the United Nations, to intervene in the Fulani attacks, fearing they might spread to other countries as well.
“We are particularly worried at the widespread insecurity in the country where wanton attacks and killings by armed Fulani herdsmen, bandits and terrorists have been taking place on a daily basis in our communities unchallenged despite huge investments in the security agencies,” they added, saying President Muhammadu Buhari has failed to bring attackers to justice.
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