Islamic extremists in southern Nigeria kidnapped 4 nuns on Sunday, three days after suspected Fulani herdsmen shot and killed a Christian lawyer within the nation’s northwest, based on stories.
Benedict Azza, director of the authorized division of the Christian Affiliation of Nigeria (CAN), Zamfara State Chapter, was killed on Aug. 18. Two gunmen shot him in Gussau, capital of Zamfara state, residents instructed Morning Star Information.
In line with media stories, the gunmen tried to kidnap Azza, however he escaped in his automobile. The suspected kidnappers pursued him and shot him 3 times, leaving his physique on the street.
“His corpse was deserted by the roadside within the city,” stated Luka Maitausayi in a textual content message to Morning Star. He asserted that the gunmen had been Fulani herdsmen. “It’s our prayer that God comforts his household and the church.”
Azza was from Yelewatta, Makurdi, Benue state. He attended the College of Jos and Nigerian Legislation Faculty in Kano in 2008. He was married to Izuagie Rachael and the couple was blessed with kids, based on the Day by day Submit.
As CBN Information has reported through the years, the Fulani herdsmen, often known as the Fulani militia, are sometimes radical Muslims who goal Christians of their relentless assaults on villages throughout the West African nation.
They had been early adopters of Islam, taking part in holy wars, or jihads, within the sixteenth century that established them as a dominant social and financial drive in Western Africa, based on WorldWatch Monitor.
4 Catholic Nuns Kidnapped
In the meantime, in Imo state in southeastern Nigeria, Islamic extremists working with Fulani herdsmen kidnapped 4 Roman Catholic nuns whereas they had been touring within the Okigwe-Umulolo space.
Johannes Nwodo, Christabel Echemazu, Liberata Mbamalu, and Benita Agu had been kidnapped whereas “on their approach for a thanksgiving Mass of one among our sisters,” based on the Rev. Sister Zita Ihedoro, secretary-general of the Sisters of Jesus the Saviour. “We implore for intense prayer for his or her fast and protected launch.”
Nigerian Authorities Accused of Failing to Shield Christians
Emmanuel Onwubiko, the nationwide coordinator of the Human Rights Writers Affiliation of Nigeria (HURIWA), stated that recurrent killings and kidnappings of Christians in Nigeria are an indication of failure for President Muhammadu Buhari.
“It’s worrisome that regardless of the killing of over 12 Catholic monks in 2022 and the kidnapping of scores of Catholic monks everywhere in the nation, the current regime, and safety companies have left the ugly pattern to proceed,” Onwubiko stated in an announcement.
The Nigerian authorities’s inaction is not the one concern. The Catholic Information Company stories the regime goes after a journalist who reported on a bloodbath of Nigerian Christians.
Luka Binniyat wrote an article accusing the Nigerian authorities of failing to guard Christians, and now he has been arrested after that report. The federal government is charging him with “cyberstalking.”
Robert Destro, the previous Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor within the Trump administration, instructed CNA the Nigerian authorities is working to suppress journalists who communicate out concerning the massacres of Christians.
Persecution of Christians in Nigeria Spikes But Once more
In line with the Open Doorways’ 2022 World Watch Record, Nigeria led the world in Christians killed for his or her religion final 12 months (Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021) at 4,650, up from 3,530 the earlier 12 months.
The variety of kidnapped Christians was additionally highest in Nigeria, at greater than 2,500, up from 990 the earlier 12 months, based on the report.
As well as, Nigeria trailed solely China within the variety of church buildings attacked with 470 incidents.
Nigeria jumped to seventh place, its highest rating ever, within the World Watch Record from No. 9 the earlier 12 months.
“Christians proceed to be attacked indiscriminately and brutally in northern Nigeria, and Nigeria’s rank has risen accordingly,” the report stated. “The violence has continued unabated.”
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