Priest and farmer share testimony of horror stories in Nigeria

FILE PHOTO: Three Fulani men sell traditional fabric on a road in Sevare, Mali, November 3, 2016. REUTERS/Adama Diarra//File Photo

A Nigerian Catholic priest and a farmer who witnessed countless of murders and were persecuted by the Fulani because of their faith are the main speakers at a prayer vigil in memory of the modern Christian martyrs. This Night of Witness will be held at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Balzan, this Thursday 11th April starting at 17.30 till 19.00. Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Malta will be organizing the event.

“84 churches were destroyed by the Fulani” – Fr Lamma

Fr. Polycarp Lamma is a Catholic Priest of the Diocese of Jalingo, North Eastern Nigeria where a new wave of violent attacks against Christians by militant Fulani herdsmen is raging on an almost daily basis.

Since his ordination in 2007, Fr. Polycarp has been working in crisis-ridden areas, living in rural villages with the people and accompanying the faithful in their faith. He has felt the direct impact of these attacks. On his birthday, the Fulani militants stormed his parish home, burning down the parish church, his home and destroying the entire village. His escape was a miracle.  

Fr. Polycarp says he has seen countless murdered in the most brutal way and up to 84 churches under his pastoral care completely destroyed by the militants.

Constant and intense clashes – farmer

Mr Solomon Yuhwam, a Catholic father of three, is a farmer. In his community of Dan Anacha, a village in Nigeria’s North Eastern State of Taraba, the clash between the Fulani herdsmen and the farmers is very intense.

He will be sharing his encounter with the Fulani herdsmen and explaining the real situation of the crisis in the North Eastern part of Nigeria.

In Nigeria the Muslim extremist group Boko Haram has repeatedly attacked and killed Christians. But in northern Nigeria’s Middle Belt area a bigger threat for Christians comes from the Hausa-Fulani Muslim Herdsman. Thousands of Christians have been killed, entire villages razed to the ground and hundreds left homeless.  Just over 38 million people belong to the larger Fulani cluster of ethnic groups found in pockets across 19 Central and West African countries.

Everyone is invited to this event.