According to Sahara Reporters, armed men suspected to be Fulani herdsmen attacked the Odugbeho community in the Agatu Local Government Area of Benue State, Nigeria, killing over 40 residents on June 7.
The police have not released any statements on the incident, however, Senator Abah Moro, who represents the Benue South Senatorial District confirmed the attack.
“I’m deeply saddened by the attack on Odugbeho community in Agatu LGA on Sunday, which claimed over 40 lives of my constituents,” the senator said in response to the attack. “This is highly condemnable and very unacceptable. For how long will this carnage continue unabated in Benue South? Enough should be enough.”
The Fulani Militia is the fourth deadliest terror group in the world and has surpassed Boko Haram as the greatest threat to Nigerian Christians, demonstrating “a clear intent to target Christians and potent symbols of Christian identity,” according to the United Kingdom’s All-Party Parliamentary Group.
Christian leaders in Nigeria believe that attacks are motivated by jihadist Fulani’s desire to take over farmland and impose Islam on the population. Many citizens and political leaders are frustrated with the Muslim-dominated government that is believed to be enabling Fulani atrocities. On December 7th, The U.S. State Department added Nigeria to their list of Countries of Particular Concern for tolerating “systematic, ongoing, egregious violations of religious freedom.”
Please pray for peace in Nigeria, and for the Lord to comfort those grieving the loss of loved ones due to violence. Please also pray for the perpetrators of this attack, that they will be blessed with knowing the truth of the gospel and accept Jesus as their saviour.
From the International Christian Concern here.