In Nigeria, a priest reflects on the deadly Fulani attacks in light of Easter season
by Adie Vanessa Offiong
In the first two months of 2020, Fulani herdsmen killed 350 Christians in Nigeria, according to research by the Nigeria-based International Society for Civil Liberties and Rule of Law.
Father Samuel Aseer Aluga, is a Via Christi Society priest who serves in the Diocese of Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria. Copyright: Aid to the Church in Need.
The US-based human-rights advocacy group International Committee on Nigeria has reported that extremist Fulani herdsmen (traditionally Muslims) are responsible for 17,000 deaths between 2015 and 2020, with the great majority of victims being Christian farmers in the country’s Middle Belt region. Unlike Boko Haram, which is also still active in the country with the goal of creating a caliphate, “Fulani militants have very localized objectives, mainly that of better access to pasture for livestock," according to the Global Terrorism Index. The resulting land conflicts have taken on an ethnic and religious character, as the farmers who have had their land stolen are predominantly Christian.