Grieving Christians Baffled by Muslim Fulani Herdsmen Aggression in Nigeria
|Rev. Williams Yakubu |
(Morning Star News)
JAGINDI, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – Christians in a village in Kaduna state, in north-central Nigeria, don’t understand why Muslim Fulani herdsmen shot a 70-year-old Christians and wounded two others there last month.
They do know the herdsmen’s cattle destroyed several of their crops last year, that since the attack many Christians have fled, and that many of those who have stayed are afraid to go to church meetings.
Christians in Ginden Dutse village, near Jagindi in in Jema’a County, reported the destruction of their crops by the Muslim Fulani’s cattle, but they have not retaliated in any way, they said.
“We cannot fight back, because we as Christians are law-abiding citizens of this country,” Abel Bako, 48, secretary of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), Gindin Dutse, told Morning Star News. “However, it is the responsibility of the Nigerian government to protect us from terror activities of herdsmen.”The herdsmen attacked at 11 p.m. on Dec. 4, according to the ECWA church’s pastor, the Rev. Williams Yakubu. John Karik of St. John’s Catholic Church was shot dead inside his house as he was sleeping, Pastor Yakubu said. Karik’s son, 43-year-old Anthony John, also a member of St. John’s, was shot and wounded in the same house.
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