New attacks against Christians in Nigeria are leading to demands that a special envoy investigate the gruesome outbreak of violence in the African country.
One man whose relatives were killed calls Nigeria the deadliest place in the world for Christians.
But who is really behind the murders?
Yes, the Boko Haram terror group is still a threat, but recent attacks against Christians in are coming from Muslim tribal herdsmen known as Fulanis.
“What we have is a genocide. They are trying to displace the Christians, they are trying to possess their land and they are trying to impose their religion on the so-called infidels and pagans who they consider Christians to be,” explained international human rights attorney Emmanuel Ogebe.
Ogebe recently lost family members, including a relative who was pregnant along with her husband and their children.
“They went into their home and they killed their four-year-old son and their six-year-old daughter who were asleep in their beds,” he said.
The Fulani’s weapon of choice? AK-47 automatic weapons – too expensive for most herdsmen.
“Given what an AK-47 goes for, a Fulani herdsman would need to sell all of his cattle to be able to buy an AK-47,” explained CBN Nigeria Director Felix Oisamoje.
Ogebe says there’s a “sinister side” to those behind the attacks.
“A lot of these cattle are owned by very rich Fulanis who are in government and who are in power. So, there is a strong belief that the Fulanis, the ruling elite are actually funding the herdsmen to conduct these attacks,” he said.
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