Pastor in Nasarawa State Loses Hand in Attack by a Fulani Herdsman

ICC Note: A Baptist pastor in Nasarawa State, Nigeria, Rev. Hamza Alkali, was attacked by a Muslim Fulani herdsman on July 7 according to Morning Star News. Alkali was working on his farm when the herdsman approached and asked for his phone so that he wouldn’t be able to call for help; after Alkali refused, the herdsman attacked him with a machete, cutting off part of his hand. Alkali was able to wrestle his attacker and seize the machete from him, and the attacker fled the scene. Pastor Alkali stated that this is the first time he personally has experienced violence at the hands of Fulani herdsmen, and that he was surprised the only apparent reason behind the attack was that he was a pastor.  The Muslim Fulani herdsmen have been plaguing Nigeria for years, killing many innocent people, particularly Christians.

07/25/2016, Nasarawa State, Nigeria (Morning Star News) - Two days after a slain pastor in one part of Nasarawa state, Nigeria was buried, a Muslim Fulani herder in another part of the state cut off part of the hand of another pastor working on his farm.

The Rev. Hamza Alkali, 66, had to have the rest of his hand and wrist amputated. He told Morning Star News he managed to tackle the assailant and wrest the knife away from him or he would have been killed in the attack in Sabon Gida village, near Keffi, on July 7, two days after Muslim Fulani herdsmen with machetes killed the Rev. Zakariya Joseph Kurah at his farm near Lafia, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) away.

“If God was not with me, the Fulani man could have succeeded in taking my life,” Pastor Alkali said. “God was with me, because I told the Fulani man that God who created me in His image will not give him power to kill me.”

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