Over 500 Christians slaughtered in Nigeria

Muslims in Nigeria have massacred over 500 Christians in a horrific outbreak of violence:

UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Washington led calls for restraint on Monday after the slaughter of more than 500 Christians in Nigeria, as survivors told how the killers chopped down their victims.Funerals took place for victims of the three-hour orgy of violence on Sunday in three Christian villages close to the northern city of Jos, blamed on members of the mainly Muslim Fulani ethnic group.

While troops were deployed to the villages to prevent new attacks, security forces detained 95 suspects but faced bitter criticism over how the killers were able to go on the rampage at a time when a curfew was meant to be in force.Media reported that Muslim residents of the villages in Plateau state had been warned by phone text message, two days prior to the attack, so they could make good their escape before the exit points were sealed off.

Survivors said the attackers were able to separate the Fulanis from members of the rival Berom group by chanting “nagge”, the Fulani word for cattle. Those who failed to respond in the same language were hacked to death.

One local paper said the gangs shouted Allah Akhbar God is Great before breaking into homes and setting them alight in the early hours of Sunday. Churches were among the buildings that were burned down.

via AFP: Appeals for calm after Nigerian sectarian slaughter.

About Gene Veith

Professor of Literature at Patrick Henry College, the Director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, a columnist for World Magazine and TableTalk, and the author of 18 books on different facets of Christianity & Culture.

  • http://www.faith-filled.com Stephenie

    Our LWML group prayed for the area last night, but I had no idea it was this bad. I’m glad I didn’t know last night. I would’ve had nightmares. One of my friends was a missionary in that area just a couple of years ago. I’m glad she’s in the US right now, but she is concerned about the people she ministered to over there. Very sad and scary.

  • http://www.faith-filled.com Stephenie

    Our LWML group prayed for the area last night, but I had no idea it was this bad. I’m glad I didn’t know last night. I would’ve had nightmares. One of my friends was a missionary in that area just a couple of years ago. I’m glad she’s in the US right now, but she is concerned about the people she ministered to over there. Very sad and scary.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Well from the paper’s article it looks like some of this might have been brought upon themselves for stealing cattle. But it is hard to believe that killing 500 people is the just punishment for a couple head of cows.
    Reading this makes you thankful for the good government we have.
    At some point though we are going to have to realize that one of the underlying causes of these atrocities is the violent nature of Islamic doctrine. And it’s overall devaluing of life.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    Well from the paper’s article it looks like some of this might have been brought upon themselves for stealing cattle. But it is hard to believe that killing 500 people is the just punishment for a couple head of cows.
    Reading this makes you thankful for the good government we have.
    At some point though we are going to have to realize that one of the underlying causes of these atrocities is the violent nature of Islamic doctrine. And it’s overall devaluing of life.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    These tribal conflicts over cattle seem to be quite widespread throughout this region in continental Africa. This blatant and perverse disregard for the sanctity of human life boggles the mind! We have mourned far too many similar travesties in Sudan as well. In Sudan when these things have happened what is always missing is an authority over both tribes and proper and impartial punishment for such crimes. So very sad to see something like this happening again.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    These tribal conflicts over cattle seem to be quite widespread throughout this region in continental Africa. This blatant and perverse disregard for the sanctity of human life boggles the mind! We have mourned far too many similar travesties in Sudan as well. In Sudan when these things have happened what is always missing is an authority over both tribes and proper and impartial punishment for such crimes. So very sad to see something like this happening again.

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    “Rights activists said the slaughter appeared to be revenge for the January attacks in which mainly Muslims were killed.”

    Where were our comments then? Did we decry the horrible deaths of those people? Did we call out the sin of our Christian brothers at that point?

    If we American Christians only pay attention when Christians are killed in other lands, and completely ignore the context (tribes, economics, previous incidents instigated by Christians), are we doing any good?

  • http://www.toddstadler.com/ tODD

    “Rights activists said the slaughter appeared to be revenge for the January attacks in which mainly Muslims were killed.”

    Where were our comments then? Did we decry the horrible deaths of those people? Did we call out the sin of our Christian brothers at that point?

    If we American Christians only pay attention when Christians are killed in other lands, and completely ignore the context (tribes, economics, previous incidents instigated by Christians), are we doing any good?

  • Bryan Lindemood

    You’re right, tODD. And that’s what makes these stories so tragic and leave many feeling so hopeless against it. The violence is so systemic, so normal there – just the last push back in what has been a very long cycle of violence upon violence. You’re right – every one of these stories should get equal coverage no matter whose turn it is to be the bully. Christian or Muslim and oftentimes Christian against Christian – those are the ones that most “boggle my mind”. Certainly a fallen world we’re living in. The more I learn, the peace we take for granted is what is truly abnormal in this world.

  • Bryan Lindemood

    You’re right, tODD. And that’s what makes these stories so tragic and leave many feeling so hopeless against it. The violence is so systemic, so normal there – just the last push back in what has been a very long cycle of violence upon violence. You’re right – every one of these stories should get equal coverage no matter whose turn it is to be the bully. Christian or Muslim and oftentimes Christian against Christian – those are the ones that most “boggle my mind”. Certainly a fallen world we’re living in. The more I learn, the peace we take for granted is what is truly abnormal in this world.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    “The more I learn, the peace we take for granted is what is truly abnormal in this world.”
    Understatement of the century.

  • http://www.utah-lutheran.blogspot.com Bror Erickson

    “The more I learn, the peace we take for granted is what is truly abnormal in this world.”
    Understatement of the century.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    Obviously more Muslims who misunderstand their own religion “of peace”.

  • http://theoldadam.wordpress.com/ Steve Martin

    Obviously more Muslims who misunderstand their own religion “of peace”.

  • Carl Vehse

    John H. Hinderaker, one of the regular contributors on Powerline, has an article there on the Nigerian massacre, “Why Don’t Christians Care?

    BTW, Hinderaker notes, “Lutherans are the most numerous Christian denomination in Africa. I’m a Lutheran…”

  • Carl Vehse

    John H. Hinderaker, one of the regular contributors on Powerline, has an article there on the Nigerian massacre, “Why Don’t Christians Care?

    BTW, Hinderaker notes, “Lutherans are the most numerous Christian denomination in Africa. I’m a Lutheran…”


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