Nigeria: 43 more Christians murdered in Nasarawa state, “Where is the outcry? Where is effective action?”

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by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent

(Worthy News) – As the genocidal slaughter of Christians in Nigeria continues, Fulani Islamic jihadists murdered 43 Christians, including a pastor and his wife, in Nasarawa state last month, International Christian Concern (ICC) reports.

During the night of May 11, Fulani Islamic attackers raided the predominantly Christ Takalafiya village in Nasarawa’s Karu County and murdered Rev. Daniel Danbeki of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), his wife and 41 other villagers who had been asleep in their beds, MSN reports. A church building and numerous homes were also burned down, ICC reports.

In a statement to Morning Star News, village resident Isaac Dabu said wounded survivors of the attack were taken to the Federal Medical Center in Keffi.  “I write this with pain, as I have been to the Federal Medical Center, Keffi, almost every day to check on my people who were attacked by Fulani herdsmen and terrorists at Takalafia, and to my shock, no government official ever visited them in the hospital to see and assist them,” Dabu said. “These Christian victims have been left at the mercy of God, with their medical bills piling up, with no one to offset the bills. My elder brother was critically injured and is lying between life and death.”

“The question is, what is the sin committed by Christians in Takalafiya and Gwanja communities?” Dabu added. “Is it because we’re Christians that we’re being attacked, and the Muslim-controlled state and federal governments do not care to protect us?”

The world’s largest nomadic ethnic group, the Muslim majority Fulani people, are mostly peaceful, ICC reports. However, “militant Fulanis, radicalized by extreme Islam, have emerged from their people group with jihadist intent,” ICC said. These militants have killed tens of thousands of Christians in Nigeria, surpassing ISIS and Boko Haram as the biggest terrorist threat to believers  in the country.

“Christian communities in the Middle Belt of Nigeria have effectively suffered a twenty-year-long genocide,” ICC President Jeff King said in a statement.  “Where is the outcry? Where is effective action? In Nigeria, the military, the police, and the intelligence agencies are all controlled by Muslims. This, coupled with a twenty-year lack of response by these agencies, should naturally lead to deeper questioning by the international community.  Simply put, the time for cheap talk, and platitudes is over. The world is waking up and asking, “Is the Nigerian government complicit in these attacks.”

Nigeria ranks number one in the world for the number of Christians killed and kidnapped on account of their faith; at least 52,520 Christians in Nigeria have been murdered by jihadists since 2009.

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