Muslim Fulani herdsmen shot and wounded a Christian leader and his family in one part of Plateau state last Tuesday, two days after herdsmen killed four Christians in another part of the state, sources said.
“I was shot in the head, but the bullet didn’t enter. It’s a miracle.” – Bayo Famonure
Herdsmen shot Reverend Bayo Famonure, head of Christian high school Messiah College, at his home on the school premises in Gana Ropp village, Barkin Ladi County on Tuesday night.
“Yes, I was shot in the head, but the bullet didn’t enter. It’s a miracle,” Pastor Famonure told Morning Star News by text message from his hospital bed. He was also grateful that bullets in his lower extremities missed bones.
The herdsmen shot his wife in the back and his two children in the feet, but all were in stable condition, he said. His wife, Na’omi, was initially in critical condition and was transferred to Jos University Teaching Hospital (JUTH), where she underwent surgery on her back on Wednesday, sources said.
“I just praise God,” Pastor Famonure said, adding that even though his wife and two children were shot, “we’re all chatting.”
Eight armed herdsmen invaded the school, closed due to the novel coronavirus, while the pastor and his family were sleeping, said Reverend Danjuma Byang.
Byang is secretary of the Plateau chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
“Sister Na’omi is stable, X-ray and scans show no internal injury and no embedded bullets,” Pastor Byang told Morning Star News by text message.
“We thank the Lord for His goodness and faithfulness.
“Let’s also pray for our government and security agencies for sincerity on their part. In obedience to government directives, people stay in their homes – and some marauding herdsmen follow them home and mow them down; and nothing happens afterwards.”
The Christian school was also attacked on February 24, 2014, forcing the temporary closure of several Christian ministries in the area. The training base of Calvary Ministries (CAPRO) and the headquarters of Agape Missions are based in Gana Ropp.
Near Miango County’s Kwall village, herdsmen ambushed and killed four Christians on Sunday, May 3, sources said.
They were ambushed as they shared a motorcycle from Kwall village to Miango town, said area resident Moses Gata. He identified them as Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) members: Friday Musa, 26; Chohu Nyangu, 25; Anta Yakubu, 26; and Baptist Church member Emmanuel Kure, 24.
“They met their untimely death in Adu village when they were ambushed and shot by Fulani gunmen,” Gata told Morning Star News. “Three of them, Emmanuel Kure, Chohu Nyangu and Friday Musa, were all killed on the spot with a spray of bullets, while Anta Yakubu sustained some serious bullet injuries and later died at Enos Hospital Miango.”
According to Open Doors, Nigeria is the 12th worst country in the world to be Christian.
All four were buried by military and police personnel at a cemetery in Kwall village, he said.
“Soldiers and police were all at the scene of the attack, and a police vehicle was used to convey the corpses to the burial ground,” Gata said.
CSI issued the call in response to “a rising tide of violence directed against Nigerian Christians and others classified as ‘infidels’ by Islamist militants in the country’s north and middle belt regions.”
Nigeria ranked 12th on Open Doors’ 2020 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution but second in the number of Christians killed for their faith, behind Pakistan.
*Morning Star news. Republished with permission.