Yiman Orkwar, chairman of the Benue branch of the Christian Association of Nigeria, told World Watch Monitor that 20 churches belonging to the All Nation Evangelical Ministry, of which Orkwar is the leader, have been destroyed.
"It is a two-prong attack to take over our land and convert the people left in these places to Islam, but we resist," he said. "They have been killing everybody they find in the villages. They butcher women, children and others. What they are doing is barbaric and very similar to the attacks by the Boko Haram terrorists."
Orkwar said Nigeria’s federal government has not shown enough concern about the attacks by the Fulanis in Benue State, and called for the deployment of soldiers to the region.
"The federal government cannot allow the genocide going on in Benue State to continue," he said on March 25. "Today, another 14 persons have been killed by the Muslim group. We can’t allow this indiscriminate killing to go on."
Following a meeting between Orkwar and the Muslim-Hausa Community leader, the two issued a joint statement asserting that the Muslim and Hausa communities do not sanction the violence. It asks Christian and Muslim leaders to remain faithful to joint statements of peace made throughout churches and mosques.