Nigerian Bishop Says Christians Must ‘Buy a Sword,’ Fight Against Islamic Radicals Who are Slaughtering Them

(PHOTO: REUTERS/AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE) Christians take part in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday along a road near St. Leo's Catholic church in Lagos, Nigeria, March 25, 2016.
(PHOTO: REUTERS/AKINTUNDE AKINLEYE)
Christians take part in a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday along a road near St. Leo’s Catholic church in Lagos, Nigeria, March 25, 2016.

Christians facing extreme dangers and slaughter at the hands of Islamic radicals, such as the Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria, have been urged by a prominent bishop and Christian leader to “buy a sword and defend themselves.”

“Christians should defend themselves and he who has no sword, should sell his coat and buy one to defend himself. We are all human beings, nobody should catch you like a snail and slaughter because you believe in Jesus Christ,” Bishop Diamond Emuobor, chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, said on Wednesday, according to the Daily Post.

“We all would not die and those of us, who are alive, have the right to defend ourselves. Jesus says in the book of Luke that those who have no sword should sell their coats and buy one for the defense of their lives,” he added, referring to Luke 22:36 as found in the Bible.

Christians have been heavily persecuted and slaughtered at the hands of different Islamic radical groups, such as Boko Haram, but also the Fulani herdsmen, whose increasingly violent rampages have led to the deaths of dozens of Christians in this year alone.

International Christian Concern reported earlier in January that herdsmen attackers killed 10 people and destroyed homes in an assault on the predominantly Christian village of Kwayine, Adamawa State.

One of the victims who survived described what happened: “The Fulanis came into the village yesterday at about 2 p.m. They came upon us suddenly, chased us off, scattered us and burned our houses. We fled. I barely escaped with my life. Only God knows where some of our people are now. We don’t know what we did to them.”

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SOURCE: The Christian Post
Stoyan Zaimov