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Nigeria: Man Abducted by Fulani Militants, ‘They Asked Me, Are You Muslim or Christian?’

“I told them I was a Christian, then they said ‘you have entered our hand’, and they intensified the beating.”

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“Man Abducted by Fulani Militants: ‘They Asked Me, Are You Muslim or Christian?,’” International Christian Concern, January 16, 2022:

01/16/2022 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Twitter user @JoelMaiwada recently shared the events of his January 9th kidnapping, when Fulani militants ambushed his vehicle in Jos, Nigeria.

According to Maiwada, he was driving with his brother and niece when their vehicle was forced to stop. “We couldn’t even move, so I stepped out,” he shared. “They started beating me with their gun handles and sticks, pushed me back to the car and they started robbing me, meanwhile my brother and my niece hid somewhere when the terrorists were after me.”

“Then, they asked me ‘are you a Muslim or a Christian?’ In Hausa language and I told them I was a Christian, then they said ‘you have entered our hand’, and they intensified the beating.”

The militants then forced Maiwada to trek towards a cave where they would be keeping him.

“We climbed mountains, walked in Valleys at nights, I almost fell off a cliff, but they still don’t care, they said it’s a win win because they will sell my organs if I fall and die.”

Eventually, Maiwada was able to call his family, who raised over $24,000 to secure his release.

“I want to Appreciate God for coming through for me,” he said.

Several twitter users responded to Maiwada’s thread with support and prayers. Many shared that they or their family members had also been kidnapped by Fulani militants….

“After, some people will come and say there’s no jihad agenda,” said one twitter user. Maiwada replied, “Well, they clearly have an agenda and it’s clearly working and they are so proud of it, telling me no one can stop them.”

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