A pastor in Nigeria killed for preaching about Jesus. In this regard, a gang of four has been hooked by the Nigerian police. According to reports, the gang members confessed that they had brutally killed the pastor, after holding him captive essentially, because the pastor told them about Jesus, and advised them to repent of their sins.
A statement issued by the Nigerian authorities says, “The gang also confessed to have been responsible for the kidnapping of Pastor Chukwu Ekere of same Ohigha community and killed him for the simple reason that the man of God disturbed them with his preaching of repentance and also for urging them to shun their nefarious activities and accept God.”
The police further revealed that these four culprits were arrested in Ohigha in Ogba and in Diobu, Port Harcourt initially in connection with a case of kidnapping, rape and murder of a woman. The four culprits were identified as, 23-year-old Henry Ajie, 22-year-old Bright Ajie, 22-year-old Dadison Ogadima, and 30-year-old Sampson Dibia. All four of the culprits reportedly belong to Ohigha village. Later during the investigation of the kidnapping, rape and murder case of the woman the four of them confessed killing the pastor.
In a similar incident, two sons of Reverend Nicholas Wayih- presiding pastor of the Independent Baptist Church in Calabar, were murdered by attackers who had invaded their house. “When the beating became severe, two of the sons, who were hefty, had to engage the intruders in physical battle because they did not see guns with them initially and when they were almost overpowering the intruders, one of the robbers gave an order that they should be killed.”
In just a year, there has been a rise of 62% in the incidents of killing of Christians, reveals a report by Open Doors. Open Door’s report primarily considered the impact of constant anti-Christian violence in northern Nigeria. In line with this report, in 2015 there were about 4,028 incidents of killing of Christians while 198 churches were attacked.
However, the stats of the previous year reveal that the incidents of killing of Christians were 2,484 while 108 churches were attacked. According to estimates about 30 million Christians live in Nigeria which is a predominantly Muslim country.
A partner of Open Doors stated, “This report shows the extent and impact of the persistent violence on the church in northern Nigeria is much more serious than previously expected. Once Boko Haram is defeated, the problem will not be solved. Christians living under Shariah law are facing discrimination and marginalization and have limited to no access to federal rights.
We hope that this report will prompt the Nigerian government and international community to take the real suffering of persecuted Christians seriously and act on their behalf. Next to that, I hope that Nigerian Christians will become more involved with their brothers and sisters; that they will stand in the gap for them.”