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ICC Note: Nigerian church leaders speak on Christian killings and request change from the government to stop the issue from causing any more societal problems. Additionally, the leaders wish for the United Nations to intervene and contribute in making Nigeria a safer state for Christians.

07/26/2018 Nigeria (Eternity News) – Church leaders in Nigeria have called on the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the horrific attacks and killings targeted at Christians across the country by armed Fulani herdsmen.

“Stop this senseless … blood shedding in the land and avoid a state of complete anarchy where the people are forced to defend themselves,” pleaded Dr Soja Bewarang, chairman of the Denominational Heads Plateau and Christian Association of Nigeria Plateau State, in a press release.

The group estimates that more than 6000 people, mostly children, women and the aged, have been maimed or killed in night raids by armed Fulani herdsmen on Christian communities and churches across Nigeria. This has been acute in the Middle Belt, which is considered the epicentre of Christianity in the country.

No arrests have been made and, in some cases, the Nigerian police and/or military collaborate with attackers (or, at least, delay coming to the scene until the attack has been completed).

“We also wish to appeal to the international community, particularly the United Nations, to intervene in the ongoing Fulani herdsmen pogrom in the country to avert unpleasant consequences that may spill over into other countries and continents,” Dr Soja Bewarang said.

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