2/5/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern)- On January 27, suspected Fulani herdsmen set fire to the venue of an upcoming Christian Conference, reports Morning Star News. The ECWA Youth Fellowship Conference was scheduled to take place Friday through Sunday in Zonzon, Zangon Kataf County, Kaduna state, just two days after the building was burned down.
One of the conference organizers stated in a video sent to the Morning Star: “The enemy, Hausa/Fulani, came and burned it down completely; therefore, how can peace be obtainable in Atyap land with all these types of atrocities? Therefore, I call on the government for a quick action.”
The incident comes in the wake of several recent atrocities Fulani Militants have committed against Christians in Nigeria’s Middle Belt. On January 15th, suspected Fulani herdsmen kidnapped and killed Catholic priest, Rev. John Gbaakan Yaji. Also in Niger state, pastor Jeremiah Ibrahim was shot while harvesting crops from his farm on December 10th.
“The spirit of violence has taken over the hearts of herdsmen, and Christians have become their targets of attacks,” Rev. John Hayab, CAN vice chairman in Northern Nigeria, told Morning Star News. “Priests and pastors now face tough times as they face gruesome death.”
According to Genocide Watch, Fulani Jihadists are now the world’s deadliest terrorist group, and have accounted for the murder of 7,400 Nigerian Christians in the past five years. The organization states that Nigeria’s Muslim dominated central government has encouraged a “safe haven” for extremists to spread throughout the country. We ask that you please continue to pray for the victims of these brutal terrorist attacks, and for the Lord to bring peace and healing to our brothers and sisters in Nigeria.
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