The head of a northern Nigeria pastors fellowship known as the Arewa Christians and Indigenous Pastors Association (ACIPA) Rev. Luke Shehu has expressed that Christians are suffering continuous killings, burning of Churches across villages and town in Jos.
He lamented that numbers of dead are rising to the hundreds as about 30 Christians were reported killed and about 20 houses burnt by suspected Islamic fundamentalists including 12 churches during the attacks on several churches and communities inhabited by Christians on Sunday, 26 May, 2019 in Jos, Plateau state.
Shehu in a press statement on Monday, said, “The attacks on Christians in Jos on Sunday, May 26, 2019 during church worship are sacrilege unimaginable to be carried out in the month of Ramadan.”
These killings have been going on unhindered over several years. It will be recalled that in October 2017, a nine-day assault across Plateau state went uninterrupted from Oct 8 to Oct 17, leaving 49 Christians dead and several churches burnt around Zanwura village. Many were displaced and worship centres abandoned according to a survivor.
Similar assaults in 2018 from January to March left hundreds of Christians dead and others displaced in Miango and Dong villages, both predominately Christian communities.
Many displaced Christians claimed Islamist extremists were behind these attacks in the past two years for no reason and believed a certain Islamic cleric known as Alhaji Garuba suspected to be Boko Haram mu’skar (lieutenant) is said to be operating alongside Muslim Fulani militants.
In the Riyom LGA about an hour south of Jos by car, gunmen believed to be Fulani militants reportedly killed six members of a Christian family on Monday, 27 May at 7 p.m. Two children, their parents and grandparents of the Lo-Gwong Du family were killed, according to local press reports.
ACIPA stated that “The purported executive order signed by Mr. President revoking all firearms licenses with effect from June 1, 2019 is largely seen as a ploy to disarm Christians and minority tribes to the advantages of heavily armed Islamist terrorists and Fulani militias.”