“Critical level” of insecurity in Nigeria where a new “massacre” leaves more than 140 dead and 156 injured

“The massacre in the Kanam areas was the most horrific and unexpected surprise attack. (…) This is definitely an unwarranted attack on a very peaceful community. »

On Sunday, hundreds of armed men, of Fulani origin, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide which reveals the tragedy, carried out a joint attack in several communities in the regions of Kanam, in the State of the Plateau in Nigeria. Once again, the toll is dramatic: at least 142 dead, 156 injured, 70 people kidnapped.

According to survivors, the armed men arrived on motorbikes around 15:45 p.m. The assailants looted, burning around XNUMX houses, destroying farmland, looting crops and stealing livestock.

For Benjamin Kwashi, Anglican Archbishop of Jos, it is an "unjustified attack against a very peaceful community", where Christians and Muslims have lived together "for hundreds of years".

“The massacre in the Kanam areas was the most horrific and unexpected surprise attack. (…) The two ruling houses, one Christian, the other Muslim, have always exchanged. It is therefore not a problem between one or the other of the communities because they are so mixed that it is difficult to separate them. This is definitely an unwarranted attack on a very peaceful community. My thoughts are with the bereaved families at this time, with the injured. »

He asserts, “this is another indication for the Federal Government of Nigeria that it is doing too little to save the poorest in our communities”.

“There is nothing more heinous than being unable to protect the poor, the vulnerable, the orphans, the widows and the helpless, as seen in Nigeria today. Security is not assured for the inhabitants of rural areas and for rural farmers. Obviously, this is devastating the poor. The rains have started to come and farmers will now be afraid to go to the farm. »

For the founding president of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, “insecurity in Nigeria is at a critical level”.

MC

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