Christians in Benue Nigeria Suffering Spike in Brutal Fulani Attacks While Government Opens Investigation
Feb 2016 Washington D.C.
International Christian Concern
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered an investigation into a recent upsurge in radical Fulani attacks on Christian communities in Benue State, Nigeria, according to the BBC. The announcement comes after a week of brutal assaults tallied reports of hundreds of deaths, including 145 killed throughout 25 villages in Agatu Local Government Area (LGA), alone.
Nigerian newspapers report that the violence displaced nearly 7,000 villagers.
Agrarian Christians across Nigeria’s “Middle-Belt” region face what some observers are calling genocide after enduring 15 years of brutal Islamist Fulani raids with countless people being slaughtered on a near weekly basis. Benue, Plateau, Nassarawa, Taraba, Adamawa, and parts of Kaduna, Borno, Yobe, and Gombe states make up the region most heavily under attack from these Islamist Fulani gangs.