Islamic Extremists Kidnap 4 Catholic Nuns, Shoot Christian Lawyer Useless in Nigeria

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, in response to 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 advised Morning Star News.

Based on media stories, the gunmen tried to kidnap Azza, however he escaped in his car. The suspected kidnappers pursued him and shot him thrice, 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 have 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 youngsters, in response to the Daily Post

As CBN Information has reported over time, the Fulani herdsmen, also called the Fulani militia, are sometimes radical Muslims who goal Christians of their relentless assaults on villages throughout the West African nation.

They have been early adopters of Islam, collaborating in holy wars, or jihads, within the sixteenth century that established them as a dominant social and financial pressure in Western Africa, in response to 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 have been touring within the Okigwe-Umulolo space. 

Johannes Nwodo, Christabel Echemazu, Liberata Mbamalu, and Benita Agu have been kidnapped whereas “on their manner for a thanksgiving Mass of certainly one of our sisters,” in response to 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 secure launch.”

Nigerian Authorities Accused of Failing to Defend 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 clergymen in 2022 and the kidnapping of scores of Catholic clergymen everywhere in the nation, the current regime, and safety businesses have left the ugly development to proceed,” Onwubiko stated in an announcement.

The Nigerian authorities’s inaction is not the one concern. The Catholic News Agency 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, advised CNA the Nigerian authorities is working to suppress journalists who converse out in regards to the massacres of Christians.

Persecution of Christians in Nigeria Spikes But Once more

Based on the Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List, Nigeria led the world in Christians killed for his or her religion final yr (Oct. 1, 2020 to Sept. 30, 2021) at 4,650, up from 3,530 the earlier yr. 

The variety of kidnapped Christians was additionally highest in Nigeria, at greater than 2,500, up from 990 the earlier yr, in response to 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 Checklist from No. 9 the earlier yr.

“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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Islamic Extremists Kidnap 4 Catholic Nuns, Shoot Christian Lawyer Useless in Nigeria

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