Nigerian Imam Protects 262 Christians From Fulani Herdsmen

ChurchLeaders | 7/18/2019 | Staff
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A Nigerian imam is being hailed a hero for saving the lives of some 262 Christians who were being targeted by Fulani herdsmen in 2018. Imam Abubakar Abdullahi received the International Religious Freedom Award from the U.S. State Department yesterday. The 83-year-old Abdullahi even offered the attackers his life in exchange for the people he was sheltering.

“God had a reason for creating us as diverse humans. No one has a reason to question the existence of the other,” Abdullahi told David Young, the deputy chief of mission at the United States Embassy in Abuja, Nigeria.

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The imam is a firm believer that “we should all respect one another, follow the rules, and be selfless advocates for peace.” He has lived for decades in “peace and harmony” with Christians in his village in Plateau State, Nigeria, which is why the recent attacks by Fulani herdsmen (who are mostly Muslim) took him by surprise.

On June 23, 2018, around 3:30 pm, Abdullahi was in his mosque with other worshippers (wrapping up mid-day prayers) when they started hearing gunshots in the distance. As the sound of gunshots got closer, chaos erupted in the village where the mosque is located. Abdullahi and his deputy directed the people running around the village to come inside the mosque and his home for shelter.

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Abdullahi told everyone to lay down on the ground to avoid being shot and also locked the doors to the mosque and his home. Then the imam stood guard outside the buildings. Abdullahi says he pleaded with the attackers to leave the people alone inside the buildings. He called it a “tense moment,”...
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