3/28/2022 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Leaders of a Christian community in Plateau State are demanding 500 million naira in payments for the destruction wrought on their farms by Fulani militants in recent attacks. The leaders of this community are calling on Nigerian authorities to compensate them and ensure justice at all levels.
Since last year, Fulani militants have killed over 300 Irigwe Christians. ICC has reported on many of these killings and on the large-scale burning of houses and churches. The killing of Christians, the burning of houses, and the destruction of crops have continued. “Crops worth 500 million naira were destroyed by the militants,” said one Irigwe Christian leader.
The National President of Irigwe Development Association, Prince Robert Ashi Dodo, said during a press conference in Jos that the Rigwe nation had been repeatedly hit by Fulani militants in 2021 and early 2022, culminating in the loss of many lives, many crops, and untold property damage.
Dodo expressed sadness at the indiscriminate grazing and display of criminality by Fulani militants in his people’s land.
“For the record, since February, they have destroyed and damaged several dry season farm crops ranging from cabbage to tomatoes to peppers to Irish potatoes to sweet potatoes to cassava to green beans to peas. They also looted water pump machines and other farming implements in many villages. The damage done amounts to the tune of over five hundred million naira.
“We call on Operation Safe Haven Plateau State to, as a matter of utmost importance, stand by their earlier pronouncement that all herders in Irigwe land be withdrawn and desist from grazing around and ensure that the enforcement is done to the latter.”
At the press conference, Dodo went on to list communities where Fulani destroyed farm crops. “Some of the villages these destructions have taken place are Chando-Zrreci, Kpatenvie, Chuvo, Kpara, Ncha, Hukke, Renwienku, Nzharuvo, Nzhwerenvi, Nkienwhie, Duh, Nggbra-Zongo, Mai-yanga, Gbowo, Tegbe, Te’egbe, Kperie, Rikwe-Chongu, Hwrra, Ariri, Zogu”
ICC’s D.C.-based Regional Manager for Africa visited Nigeria in February 2022 and saw some of the destruction firsthand. “The militants want Christians to die of hunger,” said Ezekiel Bini of the Irigwe Youth Association.
Bini said that Nigerian authorities refuse to compensate them because they are Christians. The government wants Muslims to take over their land for grazing, he claimed and pleaded with Christians in the diaspora to pray for them and to support them so that they would not die of hunger. He pleaded with President Biden to come to the aid of Christians in Nigeria suffering persecution and other human rights violations. He wants the American government to investigate Nigeria’s issues just like Ukraine.
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