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Nigerian bishop describes new wave of Islamist terror; 16 churches destroyed since September

December 29, 2016

A Nigerian prelate said that Islamist Fulani herdsmen are committing massive violence against Christians in his region.

Bishop Joseph Bagobiri of Kafanchan told Aid to the Church in Need that since September, there have been “53 villages burned down, 808 people murdered and 57 wounded, 1,422 houses and 16 churches destroyed.”

Stating that the Fulani are armed with “AK-47s of unknown provenance,” he added:

The Fulani are Muslim and the land they are attacking belongs mainly to ethnic groups that are Christian; now there is religious hatred driving the violence … Nor can it be said that the violence is directed against a particular ethnic group, since the Christians belong to various different ethnic groups.

 
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  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Jan. 01, 2017 7:34 PM ET USA

    In reply to susana8577, many years ago I heard General P.X. Kelley, former Commandant of the USMC, and Catholic, reply to the question: "Are Marines trained to hate the enemy?" His answer was: a Marine is a professional fighting man. He is not trained to hate the enemy. Hate is an emotion. Emotion engenders fear, which makes for less of a fighting man. This is not an exact quote, but does convey the essence of his response. As a Marine, I can attest to his response.

  • Posted by: dover beachcomber - Dec. 30, 2016 12:45 PM ET USA

    The model of Lepanto might be good to ponder. Turning back the Muslim threat required much prayer, yes, but also a fleet full of fighting men willing to risk their lives in battle, and the leadership of John of Austria.

  • Posted by: Travelling - Dec. 30, 2016 8:58 AM ET USA

    Time to pray the rosary more often ,with more faith and more fervently. We need a new Lepanto

  • Posted by: susana8577 - Dec. 29, 2016 7:28 PM ET USA

    No, jerimiahjj. We do not answer genocide with genocide. Defend the innocent, yes, but we do not answer evil with evil. You are thinking like the Evil One and not like God. As Soldiers of Christ, we rely on God. The battle is the Lord's. Pray for those who persecute us. Call on Him. From today's first reading: "Whoever hates his brother is in darkness; he walks in darkness and does not know where he is going because the darkness has blinded his eyes." Darkness has blinded your eyes.

  • Posted by: jeremiahjj - Dec. 29, 2016 4:30 PM ET USA

    Is there no one willing to identify the problem here? Muslims, driven by their fanatical religion, are the problem. Christians the world over have been praying for the violence to stop. That it has not stopped says the time has come to solve the problem a different way. These people follow a different god. They are determined to wipe out the Army of God. If we are the Army of God, let's act like it and wipe them from the face of the earth.