A horrible massacre happened in Nigeria two weeks ago, where 238 people, mostly Christian, were slaughtered by Fulani Muslim herdsmen.
CBN NEWS – A new wave of attacks by Fulani herdsmen against Christians is leading one international human rights advocate to call on the US Congress to appoint a special envoy to investigate.
“Nigeria is now the deadliest place in the world to be a Christian,” explained attorney Emmanuel Ogebe.
“What we have is a genocide. They are trying to displace the Christians, they are trying to possess their land and they are trying to impose their religion on the so-called infidels and pagans who they consider Christians to be.”
Two weeks ago, 238 people were killed in a village massacre in north central Nigeria. Six of Ogebe’s relatives were among the victims.
“From what we have been able to piece together, the husband and his pregnant wife, he tried to take her out of the house to safety and come back for the kids,” recalled Ogebe. “But they ran into the herdsmen along the way and they shot him and his pregnant wife and they went into their home and they killed their four-year-old son and their six-year-old daughter who were asleep in their beds.”
He said the Muslim attackers also killed two relatives who were visiting the family during summer break.
Ogebe said he was told that authorities would not allow the corpses of his relatives to be taken away for separate burial. Instead, they were buried in a mass grave with the other victims.
Violence against Christians on the rise in recent months:
CBN Nigeria Director Felix Oisamoje said the violence against Christians has escalated in recent months.
“It’s happening more in the middle-belt of the country. The reason simply because the Fulani herdsmen take their cattle into people’s farmlands, they eat of their crops on the farm and when the people challenge them, then before you know they respond with AK-47’s,” he explained.
“But even more sinister is the fact that a lot of these cattle are owned by very rich Fulanis who are in government and who are in power. So, there is a strong belief that the Fulanis, the ruling elite are actually funding the herdsmen to conduct these attacks,” said Ogebe.
He said by pushing the Christians out, they can dominate Nigeria politically and physically in a land grab.
Ogebe said thousands of Nigerians have already died in attacks this year, including 500 in Benue State. In April, herdsmen opened fire on members of a Catholic church during their mass. A priest who was serving communion and 18 parishioners were killed.
These Muslim herdsmen have been a problem for years. Back in the days when Boko Haram was often in the news, there were reports even then of these Fulani Muslim herdsemen slaughtering hundreds and hundreds of Christians and burning down their homes.
According to Ogebe, most Fulani herdsmen can’t afford an AK-47. But a lot of guns were released into the region when Gaddafi was taken out and he believes the rich Fulanis are funding the herdsmen so that they have these weapons.
I don’t mean to sidetrack this post, but I constantly hear from some people that they believe God will rapture Christians before the tribulation period because God doesn’t want us going through it (this is something I strongly disagree with, by the way). But what about these Christians being slaughtered en masse by these Muslim herdsmen? Women and children being gunned down by these evil Muslims…they are already going through great tribulation! Just something to think about.