Nigerian church leaders plead for end to 'genocide'

Church leaders in Nigeria have called on the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to stop the horrific attacks and killings targeted at Christians across the country by armed Fulani herdsmen.

“Stop this senseless … blood shedding in the land and avoid a state of complete anarchy where the people are forced to defend themselves,” pleaded Dr Soja Bewarang, chairman of the Denominational Heads Plateau and Christian Association of Nigeria Plateau State, in a press release.

The group estimates that more than 6000 people, mostly children, women and the aged, have been maimed or killed in night raids by armed Fulani herdsmen on Christian communities and churches across Nigeria. This has been acute in the Middle Belt, which is considered the epicentre of Christianity in the country.

No arrests have been made and, in some cases, the Nigerian police and/or military collaborate with attackers (or, at least, delay coming to the scene until the attack has been completed). read more