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Christian Students Attacked in Nigeria by Muslims

Posted in Nigeria with tags , , , , , on February 15, 2008 by Mike

Muslim students in Nigeria are turning to deception and violence to get Christian students thrown out of public high schools, according to report in Christian News Today. A group of Muslim students accused a Christian student of writing a “blasphemous” article about Muhammad, and consequently went on a rampage.

One of the injured minors who suffered knife and machete wounds, Ahmadu Inuwa, said the accused Christian student, Ashiru Danlami, could not possibly have written the alleged English-language article as he could hardly speak in English, much less write in the language. Inuwa said school authorities had established this fact.

The Rev. Samaila Kogo of the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA), from Sumaila, told Compass his investigations showed that Muslim students wrote and published the blasphemous article as a pretext for attacking Christian students. This strategy, he said, is used in schools across northern Nigeria to force Christian students out of schools.

The enfuriating part is that the school tried to expel the student, not because it believed he had written the article, but because the school knew about the Muslim students’ plans to attack the Christians if they continued attending the school.

“In spite of the suspension of Danlami from school, the plan to attack Christian students there went on, and this forced all these Christian students to flee from the school,” Rev. Kogo said. “It was at this point that the school authority and the police met and decided that the Christian students be called back to school with an assurance that nothing would happen to them.”

Nevertheless, only two of the 57 Christian students who had fled threats dared to return to the school, he said. Inuwa and Isiaku Dogo – final-year students with only a few months to graduate – felt they needed to be in class to prepare for finals. Muslim students assaulted them with knives and machetes.

Having injured the two Christian students, Christian sources said, the Muslim students went directly to the town’s police station, where they killed the Christian police officer and burned down the police station.

This is another case of a society that cows in fear of violent Muslims instead of standing up to them and demanding that they obey the laws of civility and common decency. Pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ in Nigeria that they will stand strong in their faith and defend the Gospel.

A Nigerian Shepherd Fighting For His Sheep

Posted in Nigeria with tags , , , , on December 23, 2007 by Mike

Pastor Pam (photo by Shola Oshunkeye)The Rev. Yakubu Pam, an Assemblies of God minister in Nigeria, once met with the (now former) president of Nigeria after a series of attacks by Muslims and Christians against each other in 2004. At the meeting, at which Pam was accompanied by other fellow Christian leaders, President Obasanjo called Pam an idiot and mocked the Christians.

Shola Oshunkeye and Ndidi Kenedy-Ukaga from The Sun News recently interviewed Pastor Pam about the religious violence still occuring in Nigeria and the challenges he faces as a minister and a Christian in northern Nigeria. This is a great interview which gives insight into the fight that one Christian is fighting on the front lines of a war, both spiritual and physical, in a war-torn country.

Do you take your positions on national issues due to a deep conviction or are you just doing what you are doing to win the people’s heart and cheers?
It is pure conviction. If you look at the scripture in Luke 10, Jesus Christ sent his disciples to diverse cities to preach the gospel. I believe, as a pastor, we are called to serve the nation as well. I never bribed God for me to be born in Nigeria. If I had an option or a choice as to where I wanted to be born, I wouldn’t have chosen to be born here but since I am a Nigerian and a pastor, I will speak the truth and the word of God. The bible says, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” So, when we speak the truth to the nation, we are offering drugs that cure all forms of diseases attacking the nation. It is only God that can heal Nigeria.

Are you saying that only the truth can heal Nigeria?
Yes, only the truth can heal Nigeria.

Talking about speaking the truth, you, as a northerner based in the North, which is a volatile place in terms of religious disharmony, how much of the truth can you speak boldly in an environment like that?
If by speaking the truth, I have been brought to the limelight, if I had the courage to speak the truth to former President Olusegun Obasanjo the way I did during my altercation with him, then what volatility are we talking about here? Wherever you are, you should be bold enough to defend the truth. Boldness is an attribute from God. We must be bold when we have and know the truth. It does not matter where you are speaking. Christians in the North are rated as second-class citizens, with a lot of discrimination. Yet all these factors can’t stop me from speaking out from the North. I have seen the result of speaking the truth.

“Remains of the Day”

Posted in Nigeria with tags , , , on November 17, 2007 by Mike

Christian Today is reporting that there will be a major documentary airing on satellite television in the UK next week. “Remains of the Day” is about the persecuted church in Nigeria.

‘Remains of the Day’ is co-produced by Release International, Christian Solidarity Worldwide and The Voice of the Martyrs Canada and is meant to raise awareness of the plight of Christians in Nigeria as well as generate prayer and support for them.

Thousands of Christians have been killed as a result of violent persecution in Nigeria. The documentary covers the story of five Christians in Maiduguri where a mob went to torch their houses, churches and businesses, killing 65 people.

Recently the police have been using tanks on the streets to prevent more attacks by extremists.

In ‘Remains of the Day’, the amazing faith of Nigerian Christians who have suffered persecution comes to light. Hannatu, whose three children were killed by being driven into flames, said, “I have forgiven them already – it was very difficult, but Jesus did it for me.”

The documentary is by award-winning journalist Andrew Boyd who poses challenging questions for viewers: Could we forgive? Should we defend ourselves? And why have the killers gone unpunished?

The documentary also warns that more attacks could follow, and tells how Christians in the UK can help.

‘Remains of the Day’ will be broadcasted on Genesis TV on 20 November at 9pm and will be followed by a one hour studio and phone in discussion at 10pm.

Revelation TV will broadcast the first 30 minutes at the same time, but will show the full programme at 1am and 1.30pm the next day.