Nigerian Farmers by Mike Blyth
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Nigeria Bloody Massacre
Nigeria, 50 Christians martyred in church, 100 killed in 12 villages, farm crops ravaged by Boko Haram rebels.
Church of Christ in Nigeria reeling from massacre.
JOS, Nigeria, July 11 (Open Doors News) – Church of Christ in Nigeria officials tell Open Doors News that their members in the Jos region are fleeing their homes, fearful of more violence in the wake of last weekend’s mass killings in Plateau state.
After a week of rising tensions between the mainly Muslim ethnic Fulani and the mainly Christian ethnic Birom, about 50 members of the Church of Christ in Nigeria around the village of Maseh had fled their homes, taking refuge July 7 in the home their pastor.
The gunmen came Saturday, entering the home and opening fire. Then they burned the house.
“Fifty of our church members were killed in the church building where they had fled to take refuge. They were killed alongside the wife of the pastor and children,” said Rev. Dachollom Datiri, vice president of the Church of Christ in Nigeria, in a July 11 interview with Open Doors News at the church’s headquarters in Jos.
Church officials said that in all, about 100 Church of Christ members were killed in the weekend attacks in 12 villages: Maseh, Ninchah, Kakkuruk, Kuzen, Negon, Pwabiduk, Kai, Ngyo, Kura Falls, Dogo, Kufang, and Ruk.
In a country where Christians have suffered violence for more than a decade, last weekend’s mass killings nonetheless have left the Church of Christ, and much of the country, in shock.
“They are psychologically traumatized, and their productive economic activities are impeded,” said Rev. Obed Dashan, general secretary of the Church of Christ in Nigeria, of surviving church members.
“Most of them are peasant farmers and the attacks have not allowed them to go to their farms. Even those that have planted crops have had their crops destroyed by the Muslim attackers.”
Church leaders claim the Nigerian government is turning a blind eye to persecution of Christians in the country, and fear more violence will occur as a result.
“The whole thing is coming to a head,” Datiri said. “It’s been a long-term thing planned by the Boko Haram. This is a jihadist movement with the agenda to Islamize the country. It is a jihad, a religious war against Christians for refusing to embrace Islam. So, they are using terrorism as a weapon. That is the reason you see that the target of their attacks are Christians and our churches.”
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Let them be like chaff before the wind, And let the angel of the LORD chase them. Let their way be dark and slippery, And let the angel of the LORD pursue them. For without cause they have hidden their net for me in a pit, Which they have dug without cause for my life. Let destruction come upon him unexpectedly, And let his net that he has hidden catch himself; Into that very destruction let him fall (Psalm 35:5-8 NKJV).
The moron bully boys have slaughtered God's people, their own countrymen, butchering men, women, and children. The Christians killed are in the glorious presence of God.
We pray for the families and friends. We pray for the salvation of all the nation and people of Nigeria to be very strong in battling the cowardly attackers. We pray for the victory of the Nigerian Army.
We pray for God to overcome the Boko Haram rebels, to return them to peace and responsibility, to see the value in all God's Creation and people. We pray for their salvation.
– Bill Hunt
World in Christ