Fulani Herdsmen suspected of killing Christian pastor
“No individual or group has a right to kill other people. Murder is inhuman and ungodly”
– Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai
Fulani herdsmen are suspected of killing Pastor Luka Ubangari of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Kaduna State, Nigeria, on 18 August 2016.
Pastor Ubangari, was shot dead at Shawa village, near Godogodo, Kaduna, as he was returning on his motorbike from a church service in Golkofa village.
The targeting of Christian pastoral communities by the herdsmen has become a major concern throughout Nigeria, as well as the targeting of Christians by Boko Haram jihadists in northern Nigeria.
The Society of African Missions (SMA) shares these concerns and we have endeavoured through our website to highlight the urgency of the situation in recent months, all of which can be accessed by clicking on their publication dates below:
15 June 2016: Systematic attempts to eliminate Christianity in northern Nigeria
30 June 2016: Boko Haram Kills women and children at funeral
11 July 2016: Fulani militants target Christians in Nigeria
19 July 2016: Nigerian Bishop speaks out against Boko Haram
8 August 2016: The starving masses behind Boko Haram lines
17 August 2016: Nigeria’s deadly battle for land: Herdsmen v farmers
We support the appeal made by the Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, Rt Rev Joseph Bagobiri, on 27 May 2016 at the United Nations, New York, for the international community to call upon the Nigerian Government to do more to guarantee and ensure total freedom of worship for Christians and minorities throughout Nigeria.
Pastor Ubangari’s murder occurred just days after State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai condemned earlier killings by the Fulani herdsmen.Governor El-Rufai stated:
“These cycles of killings are unjustifiable and senseless. No individual or group has a right to kill other people. Murder is inhuman and ungodly.
“We are saddened by the needless shedding of blood. We condemn lawless conduct and the disregard for life that the killers have shown. If anyone has a problem, he should not take the laws in to his own hands; instead he should report to security agencies who are trained to deal with such situations.”
The Church in Chains organisation quoted an anonymous source who told of the community’s shock at the ambushing and killing of Pastor Ubangari, claiming the herdsmen “are out to remove us from our ancestral lands…” The source also said: “We were happy that the Governor had visited and assured us of improved security and that the killers would be found and punished.”
The Church in Chains report on Pastor Ubangari’s killing can be read here: