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02/15/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Suspected Fulani herdsmen killed three farmers Saturday night in the Owo Local Government Area of Ondo State, according to Sahara Reporters. 

“Yes, it’s true, three people were killed, the place is becoming like Zamfara…” said senior special assistant to the Governor on agriculture, Akin Olotu, “It’s obvious these bandits are ready for war.” 

The attack comes in the wake of several massacres Jihadist Fulani have committed just this month, adding onto the decades of violence Christian farmers have suffered at the hands of killer herdsmen. While the media continues to portray such violence as back-and-forth exchanges between herders and farmers with no real religious motives, researchers are increasingly revealing an extremist agenda. 

Most recently, Morning Star News came out with a report highlighting the Islamic expansionist motives behind these Fulani attacks. In their report, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) was quoted as stating: “While not necessarily sharing Boko Haram’s vision of a Muslim caliphate in northern Nigeria, the evidence suggests the Fulani herdsmen are as committed as Daesh [Islamic State] affiliates to eliminating Christians in a region where the church has grown fast”. The report also included a quote from the Nigeria-based Stefanos Foundation: “the violence is primarily for Islamic territorial expansion and the advancement of Sharia (Islamic law)… the perpetrators of the violence are Muslim extremists who cannot submit to any other law apart from Islamic law.” 

Complaints from Christian leaders and community members in Nigeria are largely ignored by the government, convincing many that top officials are behind the attacks. According to the Morning Star, “They feel utterly defenseless, and their occasional retaliatory attacks then feed the mainstream media narrative that the violence stems from sectarian conflict over scarce resources.”  

Now more than ever, Christians in Nigeria need to be enveloped with wholehearted prayer. Please pray for the world to recognize the scale of suffering believers are having to endure, as well as the true motive at the center of this crisis. Please also pray for those who persecute the church, that all will repent and find salvation in Christ. 

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