Christian Leaders Call for Prayer Against Violence and Persecution in Nigeria’s Middle Belt
12/04/2018 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – During a recent meeting with Nigeria’s president, Rev. Dacholom Datiri, President of the Church of Christ in Nigeria, issued a report claiming that 646 Christians in one state alone were killed between March and October of 2018.
Datiri states in the report obtained by Morningstar News, “The narrative has been that these people are killed by unknown gunmen, or suspected herdsmen, or that there have been farmer-herders clashes. All these are deceptive narratives deliberately framed to conceal the truth and continue to perpetrate the evil.” The truth, as Datiri stated, is that Muslim Fulani militias armed with high-powered weapons have been killing Christians.
CBN News Nigeria Director, Felix Oisamoje, claimed that most Fulani herdsmen cannot afford the cost of an AK-47 as a Fulani herdsman would need to sell all his cattle to be able to buy one AK-47. Emmanuel Ogebe, an international human rights attorney, told CBN news that, “A lot of these cattle are owned by very rich Fulani who are in the government and who are in power. So, there is a strong belief that the Fulani ruling elite are actually funding the herdsmen to conduct these attacks.”
As Christian farmers continue to be persecuted in Nigeria, Oisamoje told CBN News that “Pressure from the U.S. and the international community can make a difference.” But more than that, Oisamoje has asked that Christians pray for their brothers in sisters in Nigeria. Oisamoje explained, “The Bible tells us that we don’t not war against flesh and blood, so we know there are spiritual issues, so we need to pray.”
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