By BosNewsLife Africa Service with reporting by BosNewsLife’s Stefan J. Bos

Nigeria has been hit by deadly violence.
Nigeria has been hit by deadly violence (file photo).

ABUJA, NIGERIA (BosNewsLife)– Christians in central Nigeria could mourn their dead Sunday, February 24, after  the massacre of a Christian family while sectarian clashes killed one person and left churches, homes and mosques burnt, officials said.

In one the worst incidents since Thursday, February 21, suspected Muslim attackers used machetes and guns to murder 10 members of the same Christian family in Plateau state, with half the victims under the age of six, the military and government confirmed.

“A [Christian Berom] family of 10 were … murdered” by Muslim Fulani herdsmen said Pam Ayuba, the governor’s spokesman, in published remarks. “Five little children including a two-month-old child were slaughtered.”

Members of the mostly Christian Berom ethnic group, who consider themselves the state’s indigenous people, have previously accused the military of involvement in violence on behalf of the Fulani.


However French news agency AFP quoted a military spokesman in Plateau, Lt. Kingsley Amos, as saying no soldiers were involved in the attack.

“Somehow, some hoodlums and criminals gained access to our old uniforms…but I can assure that none of our people were involved,” he said.

Nigerian Christians have reportedly suffered much under recent violence.
Nigerian Christians have reportedly suffered much under recent violence.

Soon after Thursday’s massacre, frustration over deep rooted religious tensions emerged around a football fiend in neighboring Taraba state where riots left at least one person dead, authorities said.

The violence Saturday, February 23, in the central town of Wukari began when Muslim and religious Christian football teams argued over who had the right to a football pitch, Taraba state police spokesman Amos Olaoye said in a statement.


“While the two sides were arguing, a local hunter returning from the bush was passing and the two sides made for his gun, which resulted in a struggle,” he said. “The gun went off, killing one person, and fighting broke off between the two sides.”

AFP quoted him as saying that several buildings “were burnt in the violence including places of worship” such as churches, mosques as well as homes.

It was not immediately clear how extensive the damage was as security forces were focusing on restoring “normalcy as well as law and order,” Olaoye said.

Analysts say Islamist group Boko Haram, or ‘Western education is a  sin’, has encouraged the sectarian violence.


It has waged a deadly insurgency in north and central Nigeria as part of its efforts to establish an Islamic state, killing hundreds since 2009, and urging surviving Christians to leave.

Despite reported Islamic treats and violence, Christians who can, still worship in Nigerian churches.
Despite reported Islamic treats and violence, Christians who can, still worship in Nigerian churches.

Hard-line Islamists are also accused of using the airwaves to spread hatred. On Saturday, February 23, Nigeria confirmed it had suspended the licence of a radio station for allegedly encouraging deadly attacks on polio clinic.

Suspected Islamic gunmen attacked two polio clinics in the northern city of Kano on February 8, killing at least 10 people, after Wazobia FM broadcast a story reviving claims that the vaccines are part of a Western plot to harm Muslims.

Two journalists and an Islamic cleric were reportedly charged with inciting violence, but the station chief Sanusi Kankarofi denied the allegations, and resigned in protest after his colleagues were charged.


Nigeria is among the last three countries still considered to have endemic polio, along with Pakistan and Afghanistan, according to international aid workers.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian from the south, has come under pressure from Christians and rights activists to do more to tackle Islamic extremism.

His government claims it takes the threats seriously by sending additional troops to key trouble spots.

The country of 150 million people and Africa’s largest oil producer is divided between the mostly Muslim north and largely Christian south.

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  1. Violence is an integral part of Islam and that is why its adherents find pleasure in taking to killings since they do not value the lives created by God. People who have salvation and are happy with God value life and would want to achieve greatness in life will not be happy killing fellow humans even without provocation. What can one explain the killing of infants, pregnant women and the elderly in their sleep if not adherents of Islam?

  2. Not even Jesus himself can bring peace between awusa muslims and Chirstians. When a clan is so unreasoning, so intuitively rapacious and bloodthirsty, nothing can change them, not with the indoctrination that they can always kill their way to everything they want, especially when “infidels” are in the way. The barbaric animals, designed to kill by nature; they cannot help themselves. Mass murder of innocent people is a ritual that defines the clan’s cultural identity.
    The solution to the awusa menace is simple: excise them from Nigeria. That way, they can be at complete freedom to have the barbaric lifestyle in the zoo they choose for themselves. It would be poor, suicidal judgement on the part of Southerners to hope that out-of-control hyenas will change with time, and let savages dictate their lives for as ling as it takes for that change to happen.

  3. It is unfortunate that ugly things like this incidence keep increasing in most African countries-Nigeria inclusive. However, Politicians remain the major cause of the problems. They increasingly use religious sentiments to divide and rule us. This drives love and oneness from our midst as citizens at all levels become polarized based on selfish affiliations instead of on the basis of patriotism for our great nation – Nigeria. The senate needs to move fast in outlawing the use of religious bias or coloration in our body polity. May God Help My Mother land, NIGERIA!

  4. The Lord Himself warned that in the end times. The closing of the period of grace that His people, those called by His name, would be killed. We live in those days. Until the return of the Lord there will never be peace between those belonging to Christ and those that belong to the world.

    Yet, until that day comes we must continue to strive to bring light into this world. While we are saved by grace through faith and continue to pray for those outside of the love of Christ. Remember, our Lord, first came as a lamb, when He comes again it shall be as the Captain of the hosts of heaven.

    Jesus Christ was the lamb, slaughtered for the sins of all. Those that hold to His name need not be lambs now. We do not seek violence but nor should we meekly allow ourselves to be slaughtered. Peter carried a sword. When he used it in the garden the Lord rebuked him for attempting to interfere with what had to happen. Not that Peter was wrong for having a sword and defending innocent life.


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