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Nigeria's president condemns church attack which leaves 16 dead

26 April 2018, 12:39 | Myrtle Vega

Fulani herdsmen militia attacking a village

Fulani herdsmen militia attacking a village

In a statement by the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari described the killing as "vile and satanic".

He has therefore called on the worldwide community to intervene and rescue the country from turning to a war zone, where mass killings is a usual occurrence.

A gunmen open fired at a church in Nigeria and killed 19 people, CNN reports.

"This latest assault on innocent persons is particularly despicable".

In an attack on St. Ignatius Quasi Parish Ukpor-Mbalom in Ayar-Mbalom community of Gwer East LGA on Tuesday, April 24, two Catholic priests and 17 other worshipers were killed.

The Catholic Diocese of Makurdi confirmed the death of priests Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha in a statement denouncing the violence.

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"The Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, which is one of the largest dioceses in Nigeria, has been active in providing relief materials, including education and skills acquisition lessons, to victims of the attacks", he added.

It was gathered from sources that the parishioners and the priests had gone for early morning mass about 5:30a.m. when the herdsmen who stormed the village and the church wasted no time in spraying bullets on everyone in sight.

Benue has been plagued by clashes between the Fulani herdsmen - who are mostly Muslims - and farmers, predominantly Christians, according to CNN. "We expect arrests to be made because they (attackers) are becoming more brazen".

When did Nigeria become a state of anomie where people are killed even after raising alarm that there was threat to their existence?

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The area has always been a hotbed of ethnic, sectarian and religious tensions between indigenous farming communities, who are mainly Christian and the nomadic cattle herders, who are Muslim. We also urge the worldwide community to ensure that the Nigerian government addresses this violence effectively.



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