Kuromi Chiroma: 1,500 Farmers & the Lie of Overpopulation
CFM’s Kuromi Chiroma school is part of a wonderful mission story that keeps on growing and spreading. It started around 2008 when the Miya Missions Station opened in Miya, about four hours north of Jos. The township was rife with deplorable pagan festivals, just like many of those described in the Old Testament, with traditions highly destructive of life. A radical form of Islam was also being promoted in the region by radical groups out of the Middle East.
One of the sons of the Emir (king) of Miya had an encounter with Christ that totally changed his life. Two attempts were made to kill him by his father and mother, and he fled to Nigeria’s predominantly Christian south, where he lived and worked for eight years in hiding. He then came to Jos and enrolled in CFI, CFM’s bible college. Passionate for his people to be released from their slavery, he brought CFM missions team to Miya.
So many people in Miya began to come to Christ. Large numbers of people from all backgrounds started coming as secret disciples. Many of them had to be taken out of the region to protect their lives. Today, many of them are in ministry, and many have been educated in high school and university and are now serving communities around the nation. Hundreds are part of the church at our Miya mission stations and surrounding communities.
When CFM started a school at Kuromi Chiroma (“Miya 2” – a farming community about an hour’s walk from Miya), the Emir shut it down. CFM could have contested this because we owned the land and have freedom of religion and rights to open a school under the Nigerian constitution, which would be honoured in the courts. But our pastors decided not to do this, not wanting to divide the community against its leadership. So they waited patiently and won the man over with honour and respect, and a year later the school was reopened with the backing of the whole community.
For the first 4 years the school met under a makeshift shelter, palm fronds over bush poles to shade the children. In rainy season they hardly met for class, as all were busy with farming. The missionaries had only one or two schoolbooks, and a bible, to teach the children. But the children learned fast. Then we received help from Belgium to build classrooms and furniture, completed 2020. CFM’s headquarter school at Wurin Alheri pays salaries for teachers from Miya, who come each day on motor bikes.
Today, CFM’s school administrator and a small team made a surprise visit to Kuromi Chiroma, along dirt tracks, only possible in a 4-wheel drive vehicle once the rains have abated. They shared school uniforms, which the children will now be proudly wearing. The classrooms aren’t enough, so some classes meet under trees. Fulani herders want their children to attend, and we expect to make room for them soon.
The Fulani herders there are another amazing story. Two years ago, when the crop farmers found they could no longer grow food because their soils had been ruined by years of chemical fertilizers, they approached the local traditional authorities and asked for virgin bush to clear and farm. (This is why virgin land is cleared, not because of over population, but because of soils ruined by synthetic fertilizers and weedicides: roundup.) But the Fulani cattle herders also gave money to the elders and obtained permission to access the same new land. Their cattle subsequently ate the crops the farmers had planted, in a region of about 20 square miles. 1,500 farmers and their families lost one year’s income and food for their personal needs.
The Fulani are pushed south by jihadist pressure further north, due to the fall of Libya’s Gadhafi through NATO attacks. The loss of good soil through synthetic chemical farming also puts pressure on the land resources for everyone, and competition grows between Fulani herders and local farmers. These are issues caused by the WEF (along with the rampant global corruption it oversees) and the false “solutions” the WEF put forward are based on fabricated “emergencies” (from viruses, climate change, population fears, economic and supply fears) just make everyone poorer. When these 1,500 farmers lost their massive farms, all destroyed by the cows, they wanted to revenge. CFM’s pastor in that state came to Miya (where he grew up in the royal family) and intervened. By this time some lives had already been lost in the conflict and it looked like becoming very major.
The pastor took the matter to the state king in the capital city, who ignored it. So he then took the matter to the capital city of Nigeria and aired it on the media. The home state king was then forced to pay attention. He summoned the farmers and the Fulani. It went to the state court and the farmers were awarded full compensation.
At this point our pastor sat with the 1,500 farmers at the state capital football field to discuss the matter. He reasoned that if the Fulani had to pay this, they would be forced to sell all their cattle. They would then have no livelihood, no income, left only with the machine guns they carry. They would have no alternative but to become bandits and terrorists throughout the region. The hostility of the past year and the destruction of their farms would be continual, every year. They would lose not just their farms but their homes and their lives. So the pastor appealed that they forgive the Fulani and ask only that they pay the court costs, which they did. So now each group looks out for each others’ needs. Last year, after this peaceful resolution, the farmers had a bumper harvest on their land and their was no conflict. Now the Fulani want to send their children to our school. Miracles still happen.