Aboard the papal plane, 27 January, 2023 / 8:41 pm (ACI Africa).
No one is being held responsible for the ongoing killings, kidnappings and “massive” displacements targeting Christians in Nigeria because those responsible are hiding behind the “unknown gunmen” label, a Priest in Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Makurdi has said.
In a Thursday, January 26 interview with ACI Africa, Fr. Remigius Ihyula who has been compiling monthly attacks in the Diocese said that armed Fulanis are responsible for most attacks happening in the villages served by the Diocese, and that the Islamist group is thriving under the label, which was assigned by government authorities.
“About two years ago, media houses were given strict instructions not to refer to the attackers as armed Fulani herdsmen, but to call them unknown gunmen and bandits instead,” Fr. Remigius said.
He added, “This was a plot to hide the truth from coming out. They want to continue with the violence against Christians with no one being held responsible.”
“I have been compiling attacks against innocent civilians in villages served by the Diocese since 2015. A day hardly goes by without an attack. Yet no one has been held responsible for the killings, abductions and massive displacements,” the Priest who serves as the Diocese’s Director of Justice and Peace Commission (JPC) said.