Herdsmen in Nigeria, rappers in Germany, doctors in Glasgow, chemical engineering students in Canada, heart surgeons in Saudi Arabia, university students in Britain, imams in America and so forth - what brings these wildly different people together? Jihad. From the Sahara to the Kalahari, London to Lisbon, Manhattan to Madrid, Bali to Boston, Tiananmen Square to Thailand, Myanmar to Malaysia, Nairobi to Nigeria ..... no matter what the background, upringing, schooling, wealth or poverty, color, what have you. It doesn't matter. The understanding of Islam and jihad is the same and it is the motive, the incitement to this monstrous war on the West and and the East and all points in between.
If the world was a s concerned with the mass slaughter of non-Muslims by jihadists as they are about the fictional narrative of "islamophobia" we might begin to defeat this enemy of humanity.
Terrorist Influence on Herdsmen Seen in Killing of 12 Christians in Nigeria," By Morningstar Nes Nigeriam Correspondant, December 20, 2013
Ethnic Fulanis kill more children as they sleepPhoto: Chom Philip, wounded in Muslim Fulani attack on predominantly Christian town of Gwol. (Morning Star News)
JOS, Nigeria (Morning Star News) – As violence against Christians hit in central Nigeria again this week, there are indications that Muslim Fulani herdsmen are working with Islamic extremist groups made up in part of foreigners.
Boko Haram, a Nigerian rebel group that includes mercenaries from Chad, Niger and Cameroon, seeks to impose a strict version of sharia (Islamic law) throughout Nigeria, and the terrorist organization has ties to Al Qaeda. Ethnic Fulani herdsmen, some of them from outside of Nigeria, are carrying out their assaults in military camouflage and armed with sophisticated weapons.
On Tuesday night (Dec. 17) in central Nigeria’s Plateau state, a group of eight such gunmen killed six members of extended families in their home in Foron, five of them children.
In the slaughter in the Barkin Ladi Local Government Area, the Muslim Fulani herdsmen in military camouflage also wore bullet-proof vests, Christian survivors said. Deborah Stephen, 28, lost her 4-year-old son, Promise Stephen, she told Morning Star News. Her daughter, Mary Stephen, 6, was in critical condition at a hospital.
Stephen was away on a business trip when the gunmen broke into the home she shares with other relatives at about 9 p.m., she said. She had called her family just 20 minutes before the slaughter to let them know she would return the next morning; she rushed back to the village that night after learning of the attack.
“I found out that Miracle Ishaya [2 years old, killed in the attack] had his intestines spilled on his bed as he was shot in his stomach,” Stephen said. “I was also told by relatives that the Muslim gunmen who attacked our home were eight, and that they wore military camouflage and bullet- proof vests.”
Also killed were Bidami Ishaya, 10; Jerry Dalyop, 8; Izine Emeka, 6; and John David, 30, she said. Contrary to official statements that a married couple and their four children were killed in the attack, Stephen said David was the only adult killed in the onslaught.
Besides Stephen’s daughter, also wounded were Dalyop Gyang, 40, and Titi Gyang, 65. Stephen said Titi Gyang is her mother.
At Plateau State Specialist Hospital in Jos, Stephen told Morning Star News that she and her children were members of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Kuru Jenta, while her mother and other Christian victims were members of Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN) in Foron Junction.
Her 6-year-old daughter underwent a second surgery on Friday (Dec. 20).
Dominic Esin, a spokesman for the Plateau Police Command, confirmed the deadly attack to Morning Star News.
Also in Barkin Ladi, on Dec. 14 Fulani herdsmen attacked the predominantly Christian town of Gwol, killing two Christians and wounding a third, 23-year-old Chom Philip, who is also receiving treatment at the Specialist Hospital in Jos. From his hospital bed he told Morning Star News that the attack took place at about 7 p.m.
“I had gone out to a nearby kiosk to our house to buy phone card for my mobile phone when the Muslim gunmen suddenly began shooting us,” Philip said. “When I was hit by the bullets, I crawled under a parked car, and that was how I survived the attack. The other two Christians, whose names I do not know, were killed instantly.”
Philip said he is a member of the COCIN congregation at Nding-Loh, Barkin Ladi. He told Morning Star News that his father, Philip Gyang Pam, had been killed by Muslim gunmen in 2001 in Nding-Loh.
In Tixkan village, also in Barkin Ladi, Muslim herdsmen on Dec. 11 killed four other Christians, according to the Rev. Pam Jang Pam of the COCIN in Foron. He identified them as Garos Bitrus, Nzang Bitrus, Davou Bitrus, and Simon Magit.
Emmanuel Loman, a Christian leader in Barkin Ladi, told Morning Star News that the several months of such attacks have devastated Christian communities in the area.
“This is a very sad development,” Loman said. “How long will these attacks continue?”
Plateau officials on Nov. 24 had alerted Christians that Muslim extremists planned to carry out massive attacks on Christians in Jos and in other parts of the state during Christmas and New Year celebrations. Gov. Jonah Jang sounded the alert while speaking during a worship service at COCIN headquarters in Jos.
“Recent security reports available to the government point to the fact that some terrorists want to take the advantage of this Christmas to attack Plateau,” Jang said. “We must be watchful; we must not go to sleep, because keeping peace is not the job of government alone. We must report suspicious characters in our midst, and that’s the only way we can defeat them.”
Islamic extremist marauders have long attacked Christians in Plateau, Bauchi, Kaduna, Taraba and Adamawa states. In Kaduna state in northern Nigeria, Muslim Fulani herdsmen dressed in military fatigues on Dec. 12 attacked the Christian community of Bara in Sanga Local Government Area, said Dan Amos, chairman of the Sanga Local Government Council.
The assailants wounded security guards keeping watch over the house of the late Gen. Luka Yusuf, a Christian who served in the Nigerian Army.
From July 5 to July 7, Fulani Muslim herdsmen killed 60 Christians in Guma area villages, displacing about 7,000 Christians, church leaders said. Frank Usa Adii, chairman of the Guma Local Government Council, told Morning Star News that most of the displaced are women, children and the elderly.
“Christians are being attacked and killed every now and then in the villages,” he said. “The situation is bad because we actuallly have a serious refugee situation in our hands at the moment, considering that over 7,000 persons have been displaced by these attacks.”