07/26/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern)- In light of recent and gruesome attacks in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, Nigeria’s former president has expressed his deep concern regarding the violence that is consuming the country. Olusegun Obasanjo’s open letter to the current president, Mohammadu Buhari, comes after Fulani militants killed a pregnant woman as well as a father and son on their way home from choir practice.
Obasanjo warned that there could be serious consequences if the violence is not controlled and hinted at the unexpectedness of the Rwandan genocide and potential similarities between the preliminary stages of both situations. Many other local and international groups have criticized the current government administration for their lack of action against Fulani militants as well as Boko Haram insurgents. Some have even criticized the Buhari government for leveraging the conflicts for their own agenda.
Despite the fact that several international groups have called out the Fulani militants as being motivated by religious hatred, the Nigerian government has minimized the threat to land clashes between herders and farmers and disputes over resources that predate the administration. There have been many instances when Fulani militants have entered villages of mixed religious beliefs to attack, yet come morning, only Christian homes and churches were damaged, and the Muslims buildings were left alone. The government’s refusal to acknowledge the severity of the threats posed by Fulani militants and Boko Haram hampers the efforts to find solutions and discourages the Christians living across the country.
The harassment and violence towards Nigerian Christians, has led to a “virtual abandonment of missions and evangelism in some affected areas” as believers fear for their lives. Please join ICC in praying for the safety of Nigeria’s Christians, as well as their persecutors to see the truth.
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