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STOP THIS JIHADIS GENOCIDE APPEAL!

More than 48 Christians Killed in Godogodo Kaduna , Nigeria Massacres

The predominantly Christian communities of Southern Kaduna have been under barbaric siege by Fulani Jihadists with a view to forcefully converting them to Islam or annihilating them. Ikulu, Kamanton, Kaura, Moroa, Sanga, Jaba, Gong, Atyap and Bajju, Kanninkong among many others have been on constant attacks by Fulani for decades.

Reports reaching us have it that Muslim Fulani herdsmen killed more than 40 Christians in an attack in this town in northern Nigeria on Saturday  15th October 2016 and left another eight dead in an assault three weeks earlier, area leaders said.  This is a part from  the eight massacred on 24th -26th September in Godogodo, a predominantly Christian community in Kaduna state, the Muslim Fulani herdsmen also wounded eight Christians by gunshot and machete cuts, the leaders said. Godogodo is now a ghost town.

Godogodo residents confirmed that the second massacre began at 5p.m. on Saturday 15th October 2016 through Sunday. “The assailants set houses ablaze and shot Christians dead in the attack over the weekend”, said  Rev. Thomas Akut of the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) Good News Church in Godogodo. The 41-year-old Pastor Akut and his family narrowly escaped harm, sleeping on the ground outside town until Sunday morning on 16th October, when they made their way to Kafanchan, “We fled into the bushes, and some of us escaped to safer areas,” he said. “The attackers were in the hundreds and were well armed. Some of them wore army uniforms, while others wore police uniforms. Some of them exchanged gunfire with the few soldiers stationed at the post office in the town, while others burned down houses of Christians.”

Christian leaders in Godogodo told Morning Star News that 16 church buildings and worship centres were affected in the two attacks on Godogodo. The buildings belonging to St. Francis Catholic Church, St. Simeon Anglican Church, Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), Deeper Life Bible Church, Grace of God Church, Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Assemblies of God Church, ECWA I & II, ECWA Good News, ECWA Kibam, Lord’s Chosen Church, Methodist Church of Nigeria, Nasara Baptist Church, Christ Apostolic Church, and Seventh-day Adventist Church were either destroyed or damaged.

Pastor Akut said the herdsmen have also been destroying Christians’ farms, a tactic he said is aimed at displacing Christians and starving survivors to death.“Our farms have been destroyed,” Pastor Akut said. “Crops that are now ready for harvest have all been destroyed by the herdsmen. Members of our churches cannot even go to these farms, as anyone who attempts to do so is murdered by the herdsmen. Most of the villages around Godogodo have been destroyed and thousands of Christians displaced.”

Akut said the attack has displaced all 245 members of his church including himself. He said he saw the attacks as an Islamic war against Christians.“This is a jihad,” he said. “It is an Islamic holy war against Christians in the southern  part of Kaduna state.”

Pastor Balason, 34, said all 120 members of his of Nasara Baptist Church had been displaced.“Three out of my 120 members were killed during the first attack, and the rest, including myself, have been displaced,” he said. “I cannot say whether they all survived this latest attack, as it is difficult at this moment to know the situation they are in.”

Samuel Musa, a 60-year-old elder with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Godogodo, told Morning Star News shortly before the second attack that during Sabbath worship, the church usually had 50 members, but that the first attack on the town displaced all of them except him and three others.

“We have lost so much to the attacks by the herdsmen,” Musa said.

Ishaya Danladi Mallam, 46, an elder with the Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ (ERCC), told Morning Star News that the first attack displaced all but 24 of the church’s 220 members.

“We covet your prayers and those of other brethren,” he said. “We are facing very threatening, tough times.”

Those killed in the first attack were identified as: Ajiya Hamza, 20; Monday Hamza, 18; Musa Gwari, 45; Joseph Nok, 46; Luka Ali, 22; Ishaku Ali, 26; Ikechukwu James, 30; and Daniel Silas, 30.

Those wounded were Baba Joseph Nok, 20, whose father was killed in the attack; Menshack Waziri, 22; Gideon Peter, 29; Solomon John, 41. Others injured were Blessed Musa, 35; Inuwa Tanet, 32; Abba Samuel, 30; and, Uba Monday, 28. At this writing three of the injured were receiving treatment at Jos University Teaching Hospital, while five others were at the Throne-room Hospital, Kafanchan.

As at the time of this report the Fulani Jihadists have extended their attack to Gidan Waya,and Pasa Kwari. Only yesterday Thursday 27th October 2016 the Jihadis came disguised in military and police uniforms to invade the village. Scores of people were killed and houses and livelihood destroyed.

The residents of these towns and villages need our payers and urgent help as their churches, farms and businesses have been destroyed. If you would like partner with us to help the victims contact us onFacebook:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Glorious-Ministries-International-UK/ and Twitter: GLOM INT@DrJosephKyari, or contact us on email: pastorkyari@glom.org.uk, info@glom.org.uk, www.glom.org.uk

Dr Joseph Kyari

Glorious Ministries International UK

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