Nigeria President Declares State Of Emergency After Anti-Christian Attacks

January 4, 2012 by  
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Nigeria MapNigeria, January 02, 2012: Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency as northern parts of Africa’s most populous nation amid mounting concerns about attacks by Islamist militant group, Boko Haram, against especially the Christian population.

Several borders remained closed Sunday, January 1, as part of what officials called “temporary security measure”.

Boko Haram, which means ‘Western education is a sin’ in the Hausa language, claimed responsibility for Christmas Day bombings at several churches and other attacks that left at least 40 people dead.

The group says it wants to impose Sharia, or Muslim law, across the country.

Adding to the government’s concerns were reports that ethnic violence between Ezza and Ezilo groups erupted in the eastern state of Ebonyi, killing at least 50 people on Saturday, December 31. News reports said the violence began over farmland disputes, apparently unrelated to Boko Haram.

Christians Mourning

Nigerian Christians mourned their dead Monday, December 26, after at least 35 people died in a Christmas Day bombing at a Catholic Church and at least four others in similar blasts.

Hundreds of mourners attended the memorial service in the attacked St. Theresa Church in the town of Madalla, near capital Abuja, surrounded by armed soldiers and bloodstained walls, witnesses said.

The Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church volatile in the religiously mixed town of Jos, the capital of Nigeria’s central Plateau state, and another church in Gadaka town in the northern Yobe state, were among other targets of attacks on Christmas Day.

In a statement, President Jonathan, a Christian, said he puts measures in place to restore order in the troubled nation, especially in the north where most anti-Christian attacks happened.

“Terrorist Dimnsion”

“The crisis has assumed a terrorist dimension by attacking institutions of government, including the United Nations building a and places of worship becoming targets of terrorist attacks,” he said. “While the search for a lasting solution is ongoing, it has become imperative to take decisive measures necessary to restore normalcy in the country, especially within the affected communities,” the president added.

“Consequently, I have in the exercise of the powers conferred on me by the provisions of 305, of subsection one of the constitution, declared a state of emergency.”

Jonathan also stepped up security by creating a counter-terrorism force and closing borders with Cameroon, Chad, and Niger, after he was criticized for not doing enough to protect Christians.

“The temporary closure of our borders in the affected areas is only an interim measure designed to address the current security challenges and will be resumed as soon as normalcy is restored,” said the president.

The country of 150 million is about evenly divided between Muslims, who mostly live in the north, and Christians who dominate in the south. Hundreds of others have died this year in bomb blasts and shootings blamed on Boko Haram, many of them Christians.

– worthynews

Nigeria Christians ‘to defend churches from Boko Haram’

January 2, 2012 by  
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Nigeria, December 28, 2011:  Christians will have “no other option” but to defend themselves if attacks by Islamist militants continue, church leaders have said.

The Christian Association of Nigeria said the Boko Haram group had declared war with its recent violence.

More than 40 people were killed in attacks on churches in northern and central areas on Christmas Day.

Since then, some 90,000 people have fled their homes amid clashes between Boko Haram and police in Damaturu.

Earlier on Wednesday, six children and an adult were injured when a homemade bomb was thrown into an Islamic school in the southern Delta state.

A police spokesman said the bomb had been thrown from a moving car – it was not clear who was behind the attack, which has raised fears of retaliatory vigilante strikes.

BBC Africa correspondent Karen Allen says Africa’s most populous nation and biggest oil producer faces the spectre of sectarian violence between the largely Muslim north and mostly Christian south.

Muslim leaders have, however, moved to downplay the prospect of communal clashes.

‘Declaration of war’

“The consensus is that the Christian community nationwide will be left with no other option than to respond appropriately if there are any further attacks on our members, churches and property,” said the leader of the Christian Association of Nigeria, an umbrella group of the country’s churches.

Ayo Oritsejafor was speaking at the St Theresa Church outside the capital, Abuja, where 35 people died in the Christmas Day bombings, the AFP news agency reports.

He said the attacks were “considered as a declaration of war on Christians and Nigeria as an entity,” and that while he did not want to encourage acts of revenge, “Christians should protect themselves… in any way they can”.

Mr Oritsejafor said the lack of response by Muslim leaders was an “abdication of their responsibilities”, and that the Christian community was also “fast losing confidence in government’s ability to protect our rights”.

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who is a Christian, has held urgent meetings with Muslim and Christian leaders in an attempt to restore calm.

On Tuesday, Nigeria’s main Muslim cleric, the Sultan of Sokoto, denounced the Christmas Day attacks and called for calm.

“I want to assure all Nigerians that there is no conflict between Muslims and Christians, between Islam and Christianity,” said Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar.

Boko Haram, which denies reports it has links to al-Qaeda, has said it carried out the Christmas Day attacks.

Last week, its militants were involved in heavy gun battles with government troops in the north-eastern city of Damaturu.

A state emergency management official said the clashes had displaced 90,000 people and that the entire district of Pompomari had been emptied as residents fled.

Boko Haram, which means “Western education is forbidden”, wants the imposition of strict Sharia law in Nigeria.

The group carried out an August 2011 suicide attack on the UN headquarters in Abuja, in which more than 20 people were killed.

It was also responsible for a string of bomb blasts in the central city of Jos on Christmas Eve 2010.

– bbc

Nigeria leaders rapped after Islamists attack churches

December 27, 2011 by  
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Nigeria LeadersNigeria, December 26, 2011: Nigeria lacks competent leaders to tackle its security problems, a former military ruler said on Monday, following Christmas Day bomb attacks on churches by Islamist militants that killed more than two dozen people.

Muhammadu Buhari, a northerner who lost the last presidential election in April to incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, said in a statement in a Nigerian daily that the government was slow to respond and had shown indifference to the bombings.

The Boko Haram Islamist sect, which aims to impose sharia law across Africa’s most populous country, claimed responsibility for three church bombings, the second Christmas in a row it has caused carnage at Christian houses of worship.

Security forces also blamed the sect for two explosions in the north and fear is growing that Boko Haram is trying to ignite a sectarian civil war in a country split evenly between Christians and Muslims who for the most part co-exist in peace.

“How on earth would the Vatican and the British authorities speak before the Nigerian government on attacks within Nigeria that have led to the deaths of our citizens?” Buhari said in the statement published by Punch newspaper.

“This is clearly a failure of leadership at a time the government needs to assure the people of the capacity to guarantee the safety of lives and property,” Buhari said.

He said the government needed to do more than spend more on security to deal with the problem.

Jonathan, a Christian from the south who is struggling to contain the threat of Islamist militancy, called the attacks “unfortunate” but said Boko Haram would “not be (around) forever. It will end one day.”

Pope Benedict on Monday condemned the attacks as an “absurd gesture” and prayed that “the hands of the violent be stopped.”

The pope, speaking from his window overlooking St Peter’s Square in Rome, said such violence brought only pain, destruction and death.

Coordinated Attacks

The attacks, which came a few days after clashes between security forces and Boko Haram killed at least 68 people, show evidence of increasing coordination and strategy by the group that could ring alarm bells in Nigeria and Western capitals.

St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Madala, a satellite town about 40 km (25 miles) from the centre of the capital Abuja, was packed when the first blast exploded just outside after Christmas mass.

A few hours later, blasts were reported at the Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church in the central, ethnically and religiously mixed town of Jos, and at a church in Gadaka in the northern state of Yobe. Residents said many were wounded in Gadaka, but there were no immediate further details.

A suicide bomber killed four officials at the State Security Service in one of the other attacks in the northeastern town of Damaturu, police said. Residents heard two loud explosions and gunfire in the town.

A Reuters reporter at the church near Abuja saw the front roof had been destroyed, as had several houses nearby. Five burnt out cars were still smoldering. There were scenes of chaos, as shocked residents stared at the wreckage in disbelief.

“Mass just ended and people were rushing out of the church and suddenly I heard a loud sound: ‘Gbam!’ Cars were in flames and bodies littered everywhere,” Nnana Nwachukwu told Reuters.

Father Christopher Barde, Assistant priest of the church, said: “The officials who counted told me they have picked up 27 bodies so far.” Police cordoned off the area around the church. Thousands of furious youths set up burning road blocks on the highway from Abuja leading to Nigeria’s largely Muslim north.

Police and the military tried to disperse them by firing live rounds into the air with tear gas.

“We are so angry!” shouted Kingsley Ukpabi, as a queue of hooting vehicles lined up behind his flaming barrage.

Violence Spreads

Boko Haram – which in the Hausa language spoken in northern Nigeria means “Western education is sinful” – is loosely modeled on the Taliban movement in Afghanistan.

Its low level insurgency used to be largely confined to northeastern Nigeria, but it has struck several parts of the north, centre and Abuja this year.

Last Christmas Eve, a series of bomb blasts around Jos killed 32 people, and other people died in attacks on two churches in the northeast.

At the church near Abuja, a wounded man whose legs were almost shattered to pieces by the blast was loaded onto a stretcher near an ambulance by security services.

“I’ll survive,” he said in a hushed voice.

The blast in Jos, a tinderbox of ethnic and sectarian tensions where deadly clashes between Muslims and Christians have occurred, was accompanied by a shooting spree by militants, who exchanged fire with local police, said Charles Ezeocha, special task force spokesman for Jos.

“We lost one policeman and we have made four arrests. I think we can use them to get more information and work on that,” he said. Police found four other explosive devices in Jos, which they deactivated, he added.

The White House condemned “this senseless violence and tragic loss of life on Christmas Day.”

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also condemned the attacks and expressed his condolences “to the people of Nigeria and to the bereaved families.”

“The Secretary-General calls once again for an end to all acts of sectarian violence in the country and reiterates his firm conviction that no objective sought can justify this resort to violence,” a statement released by his office said.

(Additional reporting by Tim Cocks in Lagos, Tife Owolabi and Buhari Bello in Jos, Mike Oboh in Kano, a correspondent in Maiduguri and Philip Pullella in Vatican City; Writing by Tim Cocks andBate Felix; Editing by Mark Heinrich)

– reuters

Nigeria – violence in Yobe state, aimed mainly at Christians

November 17, 2011 by  
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Destruction of the Living Faith Church building in Damaturu, Yobe state, by Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram.	(Photo: Compass)

Destruction of the Living Faith Church building in Damaturu, Yobe state, by Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram. (Photo: Compass)

Nigeria, November 11, 2011: They stormed this town in Yobe state, northern Nigeria like a swarm of bees, and at the end of their four-hour rampage, some 150 people had been killed – at least 130 of them Christians, according to church sources.

Hundreds of people are still missing, and the destruction included the bombing of at least 10 church buildings.

More than 200 members of the Islamic extremist Boko Haram sect stormed the Yobe state capital, Damaturu, at 5 p.m. on Nov. 4, and soon the terrorists had blocked all four major highways leading into town. Some of them charged the police headquarters, commando style, killing all officers on duty, while the rest broke into two banks – First Bank Nigeria PLC and United Bank for Africa, stealing millions of naira. Boko Haram also bombed police stations and an army base in and around Damaturu.

Having successfully dislodged security agencies after a series of gun battles and the detonation of explosives, the terrorists then led other area Muslims to the only Christian ward in town, New Jerusalem in Damaturu, home to more than 15,000 Christians, church leaders said.

The Christian leaders in Damaturu told Compass that out of the 150 casualties reported in the Yobe attacks, more than 130 were Christians. When the Muslim extremists went to New Jerusalem, they said, any Christian they met who could not recite the Islamic creed was instantly shot and killed or slaughtered like a lamb.
The Rev. Idris Garba, the 41-year-old chairman of the Yobe state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), told Compass the attack “is a Jihad against the church.”
“When Boko Haram members and other Muslims here attacked us on that 4th of November, it was like the end had come for Christians in this settlement,” Garba said. “Bullets were fired indiscriminately into our houses. I and my family locked ourselves in my house. Bullets were dropping on rooftops like ice blocks from a rainstorm. The trauma my 10-year-old son had as a result of sounds from guns and explosions has not left him, as he has refused to eat ever since the attack.”
Garba, who also pastors the ECWA Good News Church in the New Jerusalem area of Damaturu, said his 500-member church has dwindled.
“We could not have had more than 100 worshipers on the Sunday after the attack,” he said. “Most Christians are either missing or have left the town.”
Garba, who has been in pastoral ministry since 1993 and has served as a pastor of the New Jerusalem fellowship church for two years, said two Christians were slaughtered in front of his church building the day before it was bombed.
“You can see the blood is still at the spot where these two Christians were killed,” Garba said.
Another Christian, he said, was slaughtered in front of the worship auditorium of the African Mission Centre.
Garba said the casualty figure in this attack could be more than 200, as many Christians are still unaccounted for.
“The fact that hundreds of Christians have left town, and some are still leaving even as I am talking to you now, has made it difficult for us to account for the actual figure of our members that have been killed,” he told Compass. “The proof that many more than the figure being peddled by the government must have been killed is that we were at the morgue and we found that corpses filled up every available space, so much so that we could not count the corpses. In fact, corpses had to be left outside the morgue for lack of space inside.”
Boko Haram bombed and destroyed 10 church buildings: those of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Church of the Brethren, Cherubim and Seraphim Church, All Saints Cathedral (Anglican Communion), and Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA), African Mission Centre, Assemblies of God Church, ECWA Good News Church, Living Faith Church, and Charismatic Renewal Ministries.
They burned 11 cars and stole two others after killing the Christian owners. In addition, seven motorcycles and one bicycle were destroyed.
Bomb blasts the previous day (Nov. 3) in Maiduguri, Borno state about 80 miles (130 kilometers) east killed four people, with one of the explosions coming from a triple suicide bombing of a military base.
Asked about Muslims who were killed, Garba said they died in gunfire exchange between Boko Haram militants and security agencies.
“These Muslims were visitors who were passing through Damaturu at the time of the attack and were caught in the crossfire,” he said.
Pastor Emmanuel Ekigho, resident pastor of the Living Faith Church also in the New Jerusalem area, told Compass that the Boko Haram bombing left his worship auditorium completely charred.
“We lost our church auditorium and assets in the church worth over 70 million naira [US$43,742],” Ekigho said.
The Sunday after the attack, only 214 of the 700 members showed up for worship, he said.
“As I talk to you now, many more out of the 200 members have left the town,” Ekigho said. “This may be bringing our ministry here to an end.”
Since the Damarutu attack, no state or federal government official has visited the area to see the level of destruction done to Christians and their churches, church leaders said. Their attempts to enter into dialogue with the emir of Damaturu, Alhaji Shehu Ibn El-kanemi Hashimi II, proved abortive as he refused to meet with them, they said.
“We sought audience with him on Nov. 7 in order to present our plight to him and seek support and protection from him, but he declined to see us,” Garba said. “So, we left his palace without meeting him.”
An al Qaeda affiliate that seeks to impose a stricter form of sharia (Islamic law) on northern Nigeria, where sharia is already in force, as well as on the predominantly Christian south, Boko Haram has threatened to launch more attacks.
“We will continue attacking federal government formations until security forces stop their excesses on our members and vulnerable civilians,” a Boko Haram spokesman said.
In August, Boko Haram claimed responsibility for a suicide car bombing at the United Nations headquarters in Nigeria’s capital, which killed 24 people and left another 116 wounded.
Nigeria’s population of more than 158.2 million is divided between Christians, who make up 51.3 percent of the population and live mainly in the south, and Muslims, who account for 45 percent of the population and live mainly in the north. The percentages may be less, however, as those practicing indigenous religions may be as high as 10 percent of the total population, according to Operation World.

– cdn

Christians killed and churches bombed amid Islamist violence in Nigeria

November 10, 2011 by  
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Burnt Building NigeriaNigeria, November 08, 2011: Two worshippers were killed and at least 12 injured in an armed raid on a church, and at least six other churches were bombed during a spate of widespread attacks by Islamist militants in Northern Nigeria that left around 150 people dead.

A church in Tabak village, Kaduna State, was targeted during a prayer meeting on Thursday evening (3 November). As the meeting was drawing to a close, gunmen burst into the building and fired at the congregation, which consisted mainly of women and children. Two women died at the scene, while at least twelve other people were wounded; some were said to be in a critical condition.

The Reverend Yunusa Nmadu, secretary of the Kaduna State Chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria, condemned the armed attack “on innocent Christian worshippers in the church” and expressed concern that the incident had happened “in spite of the heavy presence of soldiers in the area”.

The following day, two other Northern states were rocked by a series of deadly bomb and gun attacks for which the militant Islamist group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility. A rescue agency official said that the death toll stood at 150.

The militants mainly targeted the security forces, hitting police stations and an army base in Yobe and Borno states. Churches were also attacked; six were bombed in a mainly Christian neighbourhood of Damaturu called Jerusalem in Yobe state. One minister whose church was burnt down said gangs of young men were roaming the streets throwing improvised bombs into church buildings.    

Boko Haram, which is fighting to establish an Islamic state in the North, has carried out a number of major strikes this year; more than 240 people have died in the group’s violent campaign. Their spiritual leader, Abubakar Shekau, has urged followers to carry out more assassinations and bombings, saying:

Whomever we kill, we kill because Allah says we should kill and we kill for a reason.

Tensions have been particularly high in Northern Nigeria since April when Muslims went on the rampage in protest against the re-election of Christian President Goodluck Jonathan. They unleashed their rage against Christian targets among others; scores of churches were destroyed, hundreds of people killed and tens of thousands displaced during the violence.

Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, said:

Islamists have once again wreaked havoc in Nigeria, leaving a trail of devastation and destroyed lives. Amid this ongoing carnage, our brothers and sisters continue to suffer. We must pray earnestly for peace in that troubled land and be ready to help meet the practical needs of Christians who have been affected by the violence.

Please Pray
– That there will be peace in Nigeria, and that the authorities will be able to restrain Boko Haram’s terrorist activities.
– For all those people who have lost loved ones or been injured in the latest attacks.
– That the Lord will give Nigerian Christians the strength to stand firm in their faith amid unrelenting attacks.

– barnabas team

Sharia banking plans in Nigeria fuel Christian fears of “Islamic state”

July 15, 2011 by  
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The Central Bank of Nigeria is introducing non-interest banking

The Central Bank of Nigeria is introducing non-interest banking

A senior Christian leader in Nigeria has expressed fears that the introduction of sharia banking in the country is “part of the grand plan to turn Nigeria into an Islamic state”.

The Central Bank of Nigeria
is introducing non-interest banking

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), whose governor, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, is a Muslim, has published a final set of regulations on non-interest banking, which includes sharia-compliant financial products, and cleared in principle two banks to offer them.

The bank insists that the move is motivated by purely economic factors, but Christians in Nigeria, which is deeply divided along religious lines and beset by sectarian tensions, fear that Sanusi has a hidden agenda.

A senior Christian leader in Lagos, Nigeria’s economic hub, said:

We are against the operation of Islamic banking in Nigeria because we see it as another deliberate move to subjugate Christians in Nigeria. Nigeria is a secular state. We must be very sensitive to the religious beliefs of others.

Introducing Islamic banking in Nigeria will further aggravate the culpable religious tension in the country already being hoisted by the radical sect Boko Haram.

More than 75 countries, including the US, Britain, Germany and France as well as African countries such as South Africa and Kenya, provide Islamic banking.

Abdul Lateef Adegbite, secretary general of the Nigerian Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, said that Nigeria could not afford to be left behind in the multi-billion-dollar business. “Why should Nigeria, the sixth largest Muslim population in the world, not partake in the benefits of a global financial product?”

The CBN, which has also unveiled plans to issue Islamic bonds in under two years, says the introduction of Islamic banking is part of its drive to propel Nigeria’s economy and promote financial inclusion by introducing alternative products. Islamic banking products do not charge interest on financing (even though many mainstream Muslim scholars do not believe that charging interest is wrong).

The move comes at a time when Nigerian Christians are feeling particularly vulnerable; they have come under sustained attack following the re-election of Christian President Goodluck Jonathan in April.

Islamist sect Boko Haram has been behind numerous attacks on churches; they have also repeatedly targeted the police with bombings. The group is fighting to create an Islamic government in the North.

– barnabusfund

Churches in Nigeria install metal detectors after bomb threats

July 4, 2011 by  
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A Church in Nigeria up in flames after a bomb attack

A Church in Nigeria up in flames after a bomb attack

Churches in predominantly Muslim northern Nigeria are now being fitted with metal detectors because of threats of bomb attacks. Worshippers in Christian churches are also having their bags and persons searched over fears of explosives being smuggled inside.
Nigerians, who give gifts frequently, are being warned that the gifts, too, can be rigged to explode.
The unusual measures were precipitated by several bombing attacks against churches in the region attributed to the radical Islamic group Boko Haram.
Last Christmas Eve, more than 80 people were killed in numerous attacks in the region.
Just last weekend, Boko Haram killed 25 people during attacks on several beer gardens in the city of Maidugur.
A week prior to that, eight people were killed when Boko Haram attacked police headquarters in the capital Abuja.
The churches in the northern region are not the only places where heightened security is being put in place. In Abuja, a 10 p.m. curfew was imposed on Wednesday through much of the city.
Boko Haram says it is fighting for Islamic rule, and campaigns against all political and social activity associated with the West.

– allheadlinenews

Islamic extremists kill five in northern Nigeria

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Intl. Christian Concern Note: Suspected members of Boko Haram, an Islamic radical group, threw a bomb on a church in northern Nigeria. The bomb missed its target and resulted in the killing of two passers-by.

Battle between Police and Boko Haram Islamic militants in Nigeria

In this August 1, 2009, file photo, a Nigerian troop walks past motorcycles that were destroyed during gun battles between police and Boko Haram that left hundreds dead - AP

A church was among the targets of Islamic militants who killed five people in attacks in the north-eastern Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Tuesday.

Two passers-by were killed when a bomb thrown at St Patrick’s church missed the target and landed back on the street where it detonated.

Several bombs were set off at police stations in Gwange and Dandal before the attackers were locked into a gun battle with police.

Police spokesman Lawal Abdullahi told Agence France-Presse there were seven explosions in all across the city, which lies in troubled Borno State.

He said three gunmen were killed in the shootout with police. Shots could be heard in the central Dandal area of the city as police sought to bring the situation under control.

The attackers are believed to be members of Boko Haram, a hardline Islamic sect that wants to see a strict application of Sharia law across Nigeria.

Since 2009, the group has used violence and deadly attacks on state and religious institutions in pursuit of its objectives.

On Monday, a member of Boko Haram shot dead a Wahabbi cleric who had been critical of the group in Biu, Borno State.

The group has claimed responsibility for attacks which killed 16 people following the inauguration of President Goodluck Jonathan.

Targets have included community leaders but also many Christians. Boko Haram was suspected to be behind attacks on churches in Maiduguri last Christmas.

Victims included the pastor of Victory Baptist Church and two men who were rehearsing for the church’s carol service.

– Christian Today

Christian communities devastated in Nigeria

May 19, 2011 by  
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A charred cross lies in the ruins of a Women’s Fellowship Store

A charred cross lies in the ruins of a Women’s Fellowship Store

A pastor who lost his wife and three children in a brutal assault by Muslim extremists on a Nigerian village says he “will never forsake Christ”. Pastor James Musa Rike comforted his wife, Dune James Rike (35), with the hope of the Gospel as she lay dying after being shot and slashed with a machete during the assault on Kurum village, near Bogoro, Bauchi state, on 4 May. The Muslim assailants also killed three of the couple’s five children, Sum, Faith and baby Fyali.

He said: I knew my wife would not last long, and the only thing I did was to encourage her to hold on to her faith in Jesus. The attackers killed 12 other Christians in the village and set more than 20 houses ablaze. This was just one in a series of attacks on Christian communities following the re-election of Christian President Goodluck Jonathan, who defeated Muhammadu Buhari, a Muslim candidate from the North, in the 16 April poll. The latter’s supporters went on the rampage, claiming that the poll was rigged, though international observers called this election the fairest in decades.

Details about the extent of the damage are still coming in, but so far it has been confirmed by our partners in the country that 194 churches have been burnt or destroyed, over 1,200 houses have been destroyed and 15,000 people have been displaced. Barnabas Fund is grateful for the donations of our supporters that have enabled us to send relief to Christian victims of the violence in Nigeria.

Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, said: Christian communities in Nigeria have, once again, been devastated by co-ordinated and calculated attacks by Muslim rioters. Many have lost loved ones, homes and businesses; they will need our continued support and prayers as they attempt to rebuild their lives. Local partners, who visited the northern town of Malumfashi, Katsina state, and took photos of churches, school buildings, homes, vehicles, businesses and shops belonging to Christians that were ransacked and torched.

– Barnabas Fund

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