North, South-West killings worry Christian leaders

Christian leaders in Lagos State on Friday expressed concern  about  the  killing of Christians in the North and the activities of the Fulani herdsmen in the South-West.

At a forum tagged, ‘Persecution of the church in northern Nigeria’ organised by E-Life Magazine and Christian Press Association of Nigeria, a former Attorney General of  Kaduna State, Mark Jacob, said a lot of information concerning the killing of Christians in the North had been suppressed over the years.

Jacob, who claimed that no fewer than 2,000 Christians had been killed in the North in the last few years, said  the South-West was also in danger following the recent activities of Fulani herdsmen in the region.

The Chairman of the Lagos State chapter of  the Christian Association of Nigeria, Apostle Alex Bamgbola; Chairman of the state chapter of  the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Bishop Sola Ore; Founder, Living Waters Unlimited Church,  Lagos, Rev Ladi Thompson; Senior Pastor, City of Refuge Ministries International, Bishop Oscar Ossai, were among the clerics on the occasion.

Jacob, who released a video   footage  showing   how Christians were allegedly  being murdered in the North, called on Christians in the South to  defend their northern brothers.

According to Jacob, Christians have  been  at  the receiving end of the killings in the North.

He said, “We are interested in enlightening fellow Christians on the plight of the Christian in the North.

“When  they  finish with the Middle Belt,  the next place is the South-West. As we have observed in the last few months, they have found their way to the South-West, it is in the  public domain. “Everybody saw how Chief Olu Falae was attacked on  his own farm.

“They kidnapped him and attacked his farm not once, not twice.

“They went to Ekiti State and other states in the South-West. These are signs that they testing the waters. These  are  the  signs in the  states they are trying to overrun.

“Churches will need to organise and strategise. They need to discuss  how to tackle what is happening.

“When one  person is touched and people show little or no concern, that is where the problem will exacerbate. But if the  reverse, the rate will be stemmed.”

But the CAN chairman pointed out that many of the killings in the documentary  happened over four years ago.

However, the  convener of the forum and President of  the Christian Press Association of Nigeria,  Mr Adebola Adewara, said the discussion was influenced by the desire to show that  Christians in the South,  particularly in the South-West,  the true picture of what was happening in the North.
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