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Nigeria: Christian leaders hold service in burnt-out church after Boko Haram lays waste to Christian village

Christian persecution in Nigeria: Note the carefully planned and calculated nature of these attacks. The report below states: “On the day of the attack, the jihadists approached the village in Adamawa State ‘in about nine trucks, and more than 50 motorcycles carrying at least two persons on each,’ a local eyewitness told Barnabas. The attack lasted around six hours, during which two other churches were also set alight, a local market looted, a health centre burnt down and two ambulances destroyed.” Yet note also the courage and faith of these Christian elders in showing that they are maintaining their Christian faith despite the persecution they are suffering.

Boko Haram, as well as Muslim Fulani herdsmen, have been terrorizing and killing Christians in Nigeria with impunity for years now, with little or no significant response from the Nigerian government or military. The situation of Christians in Nigeria has become a human rights catastrophe of immense proportions. The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, once again urgently implores the United Nations and the governments of all nations that are committed to human rights and religious freedom to make the plight of Nigeria’s Christians a top priority. Those Christians are walking the way of the Cross. May our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ also bless them with the joy of a resurrection and new flourishing of their communities.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Nigeria from ChristianPersecution.com, see here.

“Nigerian elders hold service in burnt out church after Boko Haram lay waste to Christian village,” Barnabas Fund, February 28, 2020:

Four Nigerian church elders held a Sunday service in their burnt out church building on 23 February, two days after Boko Haram militants abducted some of the church’s female members and set fire to the building. The terrorists’ rampage had destroyed churches, homes, schools and businesses, in the Christian village of Garkida on 21 February.

Heavily-armed militants stormed into the church during a women’s fellowship meeting and kidnapped some of the Christian women and left the building a burnt out shell. A local Christian leader said that, in spite of their anguish and shock, the pastors decided to continue to meet together to show that “‘church’ isn’t the building razed down, but the Christians living – the Christian body is the church”.

On the day of the attack, the jihadists approached the village in Adamawa State “in about nine trucks, and more than 50 motorcycles carrying at least two persons on each,” a local eyewitness told Barnabas. The attack lasted around six hours, during which two other churches were also set alight, a local market looted, a health centre burnt down and two ambulances destroyed….

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