by Karen Faulkner, Worthy News Correspondent
(Worthy News) - The International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law has published a report called “Nigeria: A Killing Field of Defenseless Christians,” in which it estimates that some 11,500 Christians have been murdered in Nigeria since 2015 by Fulani herdsmen, Boko Haram and highway bandits. Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed a further 11 Christians in the state of Kaduna last week, CBN News reports.
On Sunday last week, Rev. Adalchi Usman of the Evangelical Church Winning All in Unguwan Madaki village in Kajuru County was murdered together with three other Christians while traveling in a car. “Pastor Adalchi Usman, 39, and a father of two, was ambushed while in a commercial vehicle he had boarded with three others,” Luka Binniyat of the Southern Kaduna People’s Union told Morning Star News. “The killers came from the bush and just started shooting at the car. The driver of the vehicle, Danlami Dariya, was abducted, and at the time of releasing this statement his whereabouts was still unknown.” Also last Sunday, Fulani militia attacked and killed village leader Dan’azumi Musa, 67; his mother, Kande Musa, 97; and his siblings Aniya Musa, 60, and Angelina Irmiya, 45, near Banikanwa area in Kachia County, CBN News reported.
On Monday, Fulani herdsmen slaughtered Bulus Joseph a 48-year-old Christian farmer and father of nine in Kajuru County. “Bulus Joseph was murdered gruesomely on his farm at Sabon Gida Idon, along the Kaduna-Kachia road, by armed Fulani militia,” Binniyat said. “He stood up to the killers so that his wife and three children could escape, which they did. But he paid the price with his life, as he was sub-humanly butchered by the cold-blooded murderers.”
On Tuesday, a 16-year-old girl called Takama Paul and 30-year-old Kefas Malachy Bobai, a father of three children, were murdered in Unguwan Gankon village in Zangon Kataf County’s Gora Ward in southern Kaduna state. According to Morning Star News sources, the terrorists burned seven houses in the village. “Wary neighbors, however, came to the rescue, and the murderers fled,” Binniyat told Morning Star News.
In January 2020 the Christian Solidarity International non-profit organization issued a genocide warning, calling on the United Nations to take action against a “rising tide of violence directed against Nigerian Christians and others classified as "infidels" by Islamist militants in the country's north and middle belt regions.” The US State Department has placed Nigeria on a “special watch list” of countries that violate religious freedom.