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  • Group seeks new U.S. religious freedom post for Nigeria

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, March 08, 2018 (15 days ago)

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    FALLS CHURCH, Va. (BP) -- A religious and secular coalition will urge Congress to create a U.S. coordinator for religious freedom in Nigeria as terrorism against Christians and other religious minorities intensifies in the African nation.

    Termed the special coordinator for religious minorities and terrorism, the post would serve as a direct link between U.S. and Nigerian governments to address religious persecution, terrorism and the resulting economic crisis in Nigeria, a coalition representative told Baptist Press today (March 8). Read More

  • Christians killed after laws limit Fulani herdsmen

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, February 08, 2018 (one month ago)

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    MIDDLE BELT, Nigeria (BP) -- At least 170 Christian farmers and Muslim Fulani herdsmen have died this year in Nigeria's Middle Belt in a centuries-old feud driven by Muslims seeking to graze their cattle on farmland, Christian advocacy groups have reported.

    Advocacy group Amnesty International (AI) counted 170 killings through Jan. 30 in Adamawa, Benue, Taraba, Ondo and Kaduna states. Many killed were Christian farmers attacked by herdsmen seeking grazing land for their cattle, but others died in retaliatory clashes. Read More

  • 100 Christians killed in clashes with Nigerian herdsmen

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, December 15, 2017 (3 months ago)

    ADAMAWA STATE, Nigeria (BP) -- More than 100 Christians have died in December clashes with militant Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria's Middle Belt, and the military is suspected of aiding the attackers, Christian leaders there told World News.

    The attacks began after Fulani herdsmen raped and killed a pregnant mother on her farm in the Numan community of Adamawa, killing her husband and brother when they intervened, chaplain Zenald Zidon said. When Numan community members staged a counterattack, herdsmen responded by ambushing several Adamawa communities beginning Dec. 4. Read More

  • 48 Christians die in 9-day massacre by Fulani herdsmen

    by Diana Chandler, posted Thursday, October 26, 2017 (5 months ago)

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    PLATEAU, Nigeria (BP) -- Christian and human rights leaders in Nigeria are urging the government to protect villages from terror by Muslim Fulani herdsmen in the wake of a nine-day killing spree in Plateau State.

    The killing of at least 48 Christians in several villages in mid-October, including women, children and the elderly as they slept, is part of a continuing assault on Christians by Fulani herdsmen who have joined forces with terrorist groups, Morning Star News reported Oct. 25, based on personal accounts from pastors and congregants. Read More

  • Muslim Fulani herdsmen massacre 20 Christians

    by Morning Star News/Nigeria Correspondent, posted Tuesday, September 12, 2017 (6 months ago)

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    ANCHA, Nigeria (BP) -- Muslim Fulani herdsmen in central Nigeria's Plateau state massacred 20 Christians, including children, as they slept in the hours after midnight on Sept. 8 in an apparent reprisal attack that mystified villagers, sources said.

    Police reportedly said the attack was an act of vengeance after the discovery last week of a slain and beheaded Fulani boy who was a resident of Ancha village, Miango District in the Bassa Local Government Area. But a village Christian told Morning Star News that the area's terrified residents were at a loss to explain why they were targeted, as the murder of the Fulani took place at another village.

    "The village where they claim one of them was killed over a year ago is not part of our village, and we have never had any misunderstanding with them in the past," said John Bulus, church secretary of Salama Baptist Church-Ancha, which lost 19 members in the massacre. Read More

  • Christian killings said to be religious cleansing

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (one year ago)

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    NORTH-CENTRAL NIGERIA (BP) -- The increasingly militant killings of Christians in north-central Nigeria by Muslim Fulani herdsmen are described as revived attempts at religious and ethnic cleansing by survivors, Morning Star News reported.

    Fulani herdsmen, at times disguised as Nigerian soldiers expected to protect villagers, killed at least 36 Christian farmers in separate attacks in four villages in Kaduna state in mid-November, Morning Star said. The killings are on the heels of the slaughter of about 85 Christians in Kaduna between September and Nov. 13 by the herdsmen, and are part of at least 140 such deaths since attacks intensified in May, Morning Star reported. Read More

  • 48 Christians killed by Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria

    by Morning Star News/Nigeria Correspondent, posted Friday, October 21, 2016 (one year ago)

    GODOGODO, Nigeria (BP) -- Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed more than 48 Christians and injured eight others in two separate attacks in northwestern Nigeria in October and September, area leaders said. Read More

  • Boko Haram aiding Islamic herdsmen, expert says

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, April 29, 2016 (one year ago)

    AGATU, Nigeria (BP) -- A weakened Boko Haram is finding new life by empowering Muslim Fulani herdsmen in attacking farmers -- many of them Christian -- and taking their farmland in communities across the nation, Nigerian relations expert Adeniyi Ojutiku told Baptist Press.

    "There is every suspicion that the same people that are behind Boko Haram, which are these Islamic leaders, are the same ... Read More

  • Fulani herdsmen kill 300 Nigerian Christians

    by Diana Chandler, posted Tuesday, March 15, 2016 (2 years ago)

    BENUE, Nigeria (BP) -- Muslim Fulani herdsmen, believed to be buoyed by Boko Haram insurgents posing as the nomadic cattlemen, continue to occupy farmland in Benue state, Nigeria, two weeks after killing more than 300 Christian farmers there in a longstanding land dispute. Read More

  • Nigeria's Buhari installed amid violence

    by Diana Chandler, posted Friday, May 29, 2015 (2 years ago)

    ABUJA, Nigeria (BP) -- Muhammadu Buhari was inaugurated as president of Nigeria today (May 29) in Abuja, at a time when violent Fulani herdsmen he once supported appear to be joining with Boko Haram to kill Christian farmers and capture their farmland. Read More