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The Nigerian imam who saved Christians from Muslim gunmen


Christians say they would have died had it not been for the bravery of the Muslim cleric (centre)

When an imam in Nigeria saw hundreds of desperate, frightened families running into his village last Saturday, he decided to risk his life to save theirs.

They were fleeing from a neighbouring village - a mainly Christian community.

They say they came under attack at about 15:00 (14:00 GMT) from about 300 well-armed men - suspected cattle herders, who are mostly Muslims - who started shooting sporadically and burning down their homes.

Some of those who managed to escape ran towards the mainly Muslim neighbourhood nearby where the imam lived, arriving over the next hour.

The cleric immediately came to their aid, hiding in total 262 men, women and children in his home and mosque.

"I first took the women to my personal house to hide them. Then I took the men to the mosque," the imam told BBC Pidgin.

We have blurred the faces of the imam and the villages, for their own safety, BBC reported.

This man's relatives were killed in the attack by Fulani herdsmen

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Hundreds have been killed in attacks across Plateau state - including the parents of this young girl who herself was injured and is now cared for by her aunt

This building which housed chickens was among those torched - the animals' charred remains are visible

Culled from BBC

My view: Buhari should get a grip, he's unbelievably clueless, for saying he should not be blamed for not talking to the herdsmen because he "looks like one of them." It's so sad that the Nigerian President is not capable of discharging his duties as president, as he cannot protect Nigerians from his clan men- the Fulani Herdsmen, who are brutally slaughtering innocent people across the country. Someone needs to explain to the ex-General that, his main job is to keep Nigerians save, end these killings, Buhari or resign, you have a duty to protect the lives of all Nigerians. Vote Buhari out in 2019, you must stop corrupt, wicked and selfish leaders from leading the country.