His village was attacked in April 2020—part of a massive wave of violence against Christians in Nigeria’s Middle Belt. In this region, militant Fulani herdsmen are pushing their cattle through the regions where Christians have lived for generations. To take their farmland, they employ violent means, killing and ravaging.
Pastor Jeremiah is wearing a tan button-down shirt and a kelly green basketball jersey underneath. He has the voice of a shepherd, gentle but firm, even as he shares the painful memories of the attack—and the lingering effects that continue to impact the Christian community where he still lives. The government has failed to stop the persecution of Christians in the region.
“We have cried to the government to intervene, but they have done nothing,” Jeremiah says. “We still pray for [the Fulani militants] to change their ways because some of them were forced into it, while others had hardened their hearts to do this evil.” But, he tells us as if he’s reminding himself, “nothing is [too] difficult for God.”
Because of its remote location, Pastor Jeremiah’s village in northern Nigeria’s Kufana area is more susceptible to Fulani militant attacks. There is no electricity, no boreholes for clean water, no roads—and dense forest surrounds them.