African pastor threatened for helping Christians flee from Fulani militants
A pastor and humanitarian who helps assist displaced communities from assaults by armed Fulani assailants has recently received death threats against him and his family.
Last Monday, Pastor Gideon Agwom Mutum, the founder and director of Nehemiah Camp in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area (LGA), found a two-page letter near his car around noon. In the letter, an anonymous writer accuses Mutum of insulting the Fulani tribe in the media.
According to U.K.-based persecution watchdog Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), the writer threatened the pastor with the following message, “We will kill you like goats and your family. We know your house, your church and even your family.”
In the letter, the writer further threatened to destroy a school constructed by Mutum in Pasakori village in Kaura LGA in Kaduna State. A journalist and activist from southern Kaduna, Steven Kefas, was also threatened. He was previously detained for 150 days back in 2019.
According to a statement by the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union, the aftermath of the daily assaults left 33 people dead, 215 homes destroyed and four churches flattened.
In response to the death threats, CSW Founder Mervyn Thomas called on the Nigerian government to address the militant threat “swiftly and decisively, prioritising the protection of vulnerable individuals and communities, and bringing attackers to justice.”