Fr. Sam Ebute in front of the dead's footwear (©Aid to the Church in Need)
A surge in violence against Nigerian Christians has left the faithful paralysed by fear and unable to go about their normal lives, according to a leading priest.

Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need, Father Sam Ebute of Kangoro said Christians were constantly worried about the next spate of attacks.
He said: “For the past seven weeks, we have been burying our parishioners with no end in sight. These last attacks have left us all in fear and especially the fear of the unknown because we do not know when the next round of attacks will happen and what will trigger it.
He added: “Our movements are limited, our faithful cannot freely go about their activities. It is farming season now, but they dare not go to their farms for fear of being attacked there.

Father Ebute, the Director of Vocations for the Society of African Missions, buried 21 of his parishioners after bandits attacked Kukum Daji village.

“The community had a gathering of youths when they suddenly heard gunshots and noises of men screaming…
He said: “In less than two hours, the bandits left 17 youths dead, mostly girls, while four died either on their way to the hospital or at the hospital, making it a total number of 21.”
In seven months 178 people were killed in Kaduna State, reports suggest mainly by militant Fulani herders, and Father Ebute was critical of the government’s refusal to provide protection.
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