Abuja, Nigeria, Jul 6, 2018 / 13:36 pm
In response to a recent wave of violence and mass killings among Nigerians, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria issued a statement last week reiterating the need for a proactive response from the government and law enforcement.
The June 29 statement addressed "The Plateau Massacre" which occurred June 21-24. An eruption between largely Christian farmers and Fulani herders, most of whom are Muslim, over limited natural resources, it left more than 80 dead, including children and pregnant women.
The series of clashes in Plateau State was the latest in a slew of incidents that have occurred over the course of several years.
A January attack by Fulani herdsmen saw upwards of 100 deaths. In April, several herdsmen murdered several priests and laypeople at a Catholic church in Benue State.