Nigerian Christians Petition President Trump to Take Action in Adaraland
06/06/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – The Voice of Northern Christian Movement in Nigeria (VNCMN) has called on United States President Donald Trump to bring an end to what they call the ethno-religious cleansing of Adaraland, located in Nigeria’s State of Kaduna. According to the Daily Post, over 130 Christians in Adaraland have been killed in the region in this year alone. In addition, no fewer than 10,000 people have been displaced by religiously motivated violence.
The Executive Director of VNCMN, in the letter written to the United States Embassy in Nigeria, has claimed that since President Muhammadu Buhari has come to power, peace has eluded the Christian communities in the region due to several divisive policies made by his statesmen. For example, the current governor of Kaduna, Nasiru Ahmed El-Rufai, proposed that the southern part of Kaduna should become a purely Islamic emirate.
Furthermore, outspoken citizens of Adaraland have been arrested, leaving the community divided and desperate for justice. In one major incident, the chief of Adara, Dr. Maiwada Raphael Galadima, was ambushed while returning home after a meeting with El-Rufai. The chief was ambushed and abducted with his police guard, wife and daughter. Dr. Maiwada’s daughter and wife were released. However, Dr. Maiwada and his police guard were murdered.
The National President of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Dr. Felix Omobude in his reaction said: “I’m just hearing about the Voice of Northern Christian Movement in Nigeria (VNCMN). When you look at what is on the ground and the apparent helplessness of the Nigerian government to forestall the situation, they are right to petition. Anyone that is being killed has the right to cry. All this while, the killings have been going on and the government has not been able to curtail them.”
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