18 Christians Slaughtered in “Religiously Motivated Acts of Terror”
According to Morning Star News, Doctor Precious Emeka Chinedu was abducted from the hospital he worked at in Niger state last Thursday when five men, suspected to be militant Fulani herdsmen, took the beloved Christian doctor into the bush, and shot him.
“His killers, who are herdsmen, came to the hospital, specifically asked for him, didn’t harm anybody, collected his money, took him away, and killed him without asking for ransom,” A long-time friend, Baridueh Badon, told Morning Star News. “What did he do wrong? Your blood will keep crying until justice is done.”
“Everyone loved him, always smiling, and he was one of the most hard-working persons I have ever known,” Badon said. “His hospital boomed because he was saving lives. If you had any problems, Emeka would be there to help.”
Morning Star reported that 17 additional Christians were killed this month in Plateau state.
At least 14 were said to be killed in a June 13th attack in Jos South County, by men again suspected to be militant Fulani herdsmen. An additional seven were wounded and are receiving treatment at a hospital.
On June 12th, militant Fulani killed two Christians in Bassa county, and wounded two more.
The same day in the community of Dong, Jos North County, a Christian farmer referred to as “Bulus” was shot dead by suspected Fulani.
“Christians in Dong village are becoming endangered,” area resident Beatrice Audu told Morning Star News. “Bulus was striving to provide decent living for his family. For how long should we continue to live like this?”
The Fulani Militia is the fourth deadliest terror group in the world and has surpassed Boko Haram as the greatest threat to Nigerian Christians, demonstrating “a clear intent to target Christians and potent symbols of Christian identity,” according to the United Kingdom’s All-Party Parliamentary Group.
“At least 1,500 Christians have already been killed in Nigeria during 2021,” said Mike Popeo, the Senior Counsel for Global Affairs at the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ). “The Nigerian government thus far has sought to downplay the attacks, characterizing them as conflicts between herders and farmers rather than as religiously motivated acts of terror.”
Please pray for peace in Nigeria, and for the Lord to comfort those grieving the loss of loved ones due to violence. Please also pray for the perpetrators of these attacks, that they will be blessed with knowing the truth of the gospel and accept Jesus as their savior.
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