"In the last three months attacks have increased carried out by the Fulani Herdsmen Terrorist (FHT) in more than half of the territory of the southern State of Kaduna", denounces His Exc. Mgr. Joseph Danlami Bagobiri, Bishop of Kafanchan, in the state of Kaduna, during a visit to the Italian headquarters of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).
"In the West, this group is almost unheard of", says Mgr. Bagobiri, but
has been responsible since September of fires in 53 villages, of the
death of 808 persons, the wounding of 57 others, the destruction of
1,422 houses and 16 churches.
The Bishop recalls that from 2006 to 2014, more than 12,000 Christians
were killed and 2,000 churches destroyed because of terrorism in
These crimes were mainly committed by the Islamic
fundamentalist group Boko Haram.
Mgr. Bagobiri notes that Boko Haram is
not the only group that spreads terror in the African country,
emphasizing the role of Fulani herdsmen in recent years.
The Fulani are a nomadic ethnic group who have been protagonists of
recurrent conflicts with farmers in the area.
However in recent times
the attacks are of a completely different kind compared to the old
clashes between farmers and herders, as the latter use "sophisticated
weapons that did not exist before, such as AK-47, whose origin is
unknown", says Mgr. Bagobiri.