Nigerian Christians say they will defend themselves in the face of on-going attacks by a radical Muslim sect.
In the last few days, the group known as Boko Haram has killed more than 50 the nation's Christian community, including one pastor's wife.
The sect shot eight people to death during a church service in Yola, the capital city of Adamawa state.
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, head of the Christian Association of Nigeria, told reporters Saturday that Christians there can no longer sit back and allow the killings to continue.
"We therefore as Christians have decided to take our faith in our hands and have resolved as follows: Number one, that we have decided to work out a means to defend ourselves against these senseless killings," he said.
The Boko Haram sect has promised to kill Christians living in Nigeria's largely Muslim north.