Boko Haram kills an influential Christian leader in Nigeria

On the same day that Nigerian president President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency, Boko Haram, the group responsible for the deaths of at least 250 people in the past month alone have killed Reverend Faye Pama Musa, Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Borno state. Photo to the left is – Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Borno State: Rev. Faye Pama Musa was assassinated by the Boko Haram. (Image courtesy Open Doors)

Mission Network News reports:

Location of Borno State in Nigeria

Nigeria (MNN) ― Nigeria’s downward spiral continues as the Boko Haram kills an influential Christian leader.

„Reverend Faye Pama Musa was killed on Tuesday. He’s Secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria in Borno state,” says Open Doors USA spokesman Jerry Dykstra.

That same day, President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in Borno state and two others. According to reports, Boko Haram violence has claimed over 250 lives in the past month alone.

According to Dystra, Musa’s assassination is a bad sign coming from the Boko Haram.

„In the past they’ve targeted Christian churches, but now they’re targeting individual pastors,” Dykstra explains. „It’s…something that’s really troublesome, and certainly Christians in the West need to keep on praying.”

An Open Doors report says Musa, who was also the presiding pastor of REME Assembly, Maiduguri, was trailed to his house Tuesday evening by two gunmen.

„He attempted to run away, but his assailants closed in on him. They [gunmen] shot him at close range,” a source said.

Ask the Lord to comfort Reverend Musa’s family. Open Doors’ Nigeria team leader knew Musa personally and says the victim was a friend of their ministry.

„I remember a time I asked him a question, whether he would consider leaving Maiduguri if it became necessary for his safety, and he said to me, ‘Where am I going to run to? I will stay here and die,'” the Open Doors leader shared.

Before declaring a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe, and Adamawa states, Nigeria’s president spoke words of reassurance.

„While the efforts at persuasion and dialogue will continue, let me reiterate that we have a sacred duty to ensure the security and well-being of all our people,” President Goodluck Jonathan stated on Tuesday.

„Therefore, we shall on no account shy away from doing whatever becomes necessary to provide the fullest possible security for the citizens of this country in any part of the country they choose to reside.”

Some aren’t buying it, Dykstra says.

„President Goodluck Jonathan has said they will go after them and said they’re terrorists and they’ll really get after them. But the problem is that he’s said that before,” Dykstra explains.

„There are a lot of conflicting thoughts about his sincerity.”

Pray that peace would come to Nigeria. Pray also for Nigeria’s president.

„He is a Christian, and we need to pray that he’ll have wisdom. As things just seem like they’re snowballing and snowballing, he really needs our prayer.”

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Northern Nigeria under State of Emergency

Nigeria State of Emergency BBC
The three Northeastern states, where yesterday,
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan has declared a state of emergency
after a series of deadly attacks by Islamist militant groups.

via MissionNewsNetwork.com photos – map and Nigerian president below via http://www.bbc.co.uk

Nigeria (ODM/MNN) ― Open Doors USA has issued an urgent appeal for prayer after receiving news that suspected Boko Haram terrorists attacked the predominantly Nigerian Christian village of Zangan in southern Kaduna around midnight on Monday.It was the latest in a string of attacks that prompted a State of Emergency.

Open Doors spokesman Jerry Dykstra says they’re still trying to determine the details of what happened, but so far, „Open Doors says it understands an ‘entire village’ has been destroyed: burnt down, many people are fleeing after the attack.”

The village chief’s residence was reportedly burnt to the ground, and the village chief’s whereabouts remains unknown after he fled Zangan. Churches and homes were among the buildings destroyed in the attack.

Goodluck JonathanDykstra says this attack came after an earlier threat and days of uncertainty. „The report that we got from Open Doors in Africa said that they had been threatened before by the Boko Haram. They were living in fear almost daily. In that area, many schools have been closed down because of that.”

„We do not have any more details at this stage, but we understand that this area saw a similar attack about four weeks ago. Open Doors urges prayer for the people of southern Kaduna state and Zangan village in particular.” Police say 19 people died in that earlier attack.

Open Doors has been active in Nigeria since 1997. Over the last few years, „The Boko Haram actually wants to take over the whole country and put into effect Sharia Law,” explains Dykstra. Their attacks–which are estimated to have cost 3,600 lives since 2009–have included suicide blasts as well as coordinated gun and bomb assaults on houses of worship, Christian centers, security forces, schools and other symbols of authority. All that means the Open Doors response teams have seen dramatic growth in the outreach they do.

With the Boko Haram targeting church leaders and Christian adults, that leaves an untold number of orphans and widows. Open Doors projects target schooling for the children, as well as socio-economic projects for widows of Christian leaders who have been killed. Dykstra adds, „We support the Christians there in emergency situations with trauma counseling. We do a lot of care for Muslim-Background Believers, distribution of Bibles, Sunday school training, assistance to Christians in Sharia-controlled States in the North.”

Nigeria is ranked No. 13 on the Open Doors 2013 World Watch List (www.worldwatchlist.us ) of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world.

It’s unlikely that this pattern will change much. Aside from the physical help, Dyskstra says Nigerian believers are asking for wisdom in their response. „I think we need to pray for Christians not to strike back. The Christian leaders are urging–especially the youth–not to retaliate. That would kind of just recycle this pattern of violence.”

Watch the video of Nigerian President Jonathan declaring the state of emergency here – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa

Hebrews 11:38…the world was not worthy of them (2) Nigeria Pastor, James Musa Rike, loses family in attack

Nigeria - 30% Evangelical primary language - English

In 2009 Nigeria’s President Umaru Yar’Adua  became ill and died after the brief illness. He was replaced with Christian Southerner Goodluck Jonathan in February of 2010, who was sworn in as head of state.

On April 13, suspected Islamic extremists abducted and killed Church of Christ in Nigeria pastor Ishaku Kadah and his wife, Selina, in a village in Bauchi state in northern Nigeria, according to Compass Direct News. They were forced from their church headquarters home and killed.

The remains of a church in Kafanchan, Kaduna state. (Compass Direct photo)

In early March, ethnic Fulani Muslims attacked three villages near Jos which resulted in the deaths of up to 500 Christians and the burning of about 75 homes. Eyewitnesses say the attackers used knives and cutlasses while shouting „Allah Akbar” (God is great) during their assaults which were carried out not only against men, but against many women and children. Christians contacted the military for assistance, but it took over two hours for the military to arrive.

Less than two weeks later, Fulani Muslims attacked two more villages in Plateau state, resulting in the deaths of 13 more Christians, including a pregnant woman and children.

The violence against Christians is increasing every day in Africa’s most populous country, including the murder of seven Christians (of whom two were journalists) by Muslim youth gangs April 24-25.

In recent weeks, post-election violence has cost the lives of 300 Nigerian believers.

When Christian candidate Goodluck Jonathan defeated his Muslim opponent Muhammudu Buhari for presidency, rioting broke out across the country. Many Muslim voters claimed that the elections had been fraught with fraud.

International onlookers disagreed. „By all reports, it was the cleanest election since 1999,” confirms Paul Estabrooks with Open Doors, USA.

Nonetheless, Muslim extremists stormed churches and Christian homes in what Christian Nigerians called premeditated attacks.

Pastor James Musa Rike lost his wife, Dune James Rike, and 13-year-old daughter, Sum James Rike (in back), in an Islamic attack in Kurum village, Bauchi state. (Photo: Compass Direct)

Compass Direct News (CDN) has described the moving scene that took place recently in the home of a Nigerian pastor whose wife lay dying after a savage attack on his family (and their village), in which their children were also killed.

A CDN reporter said that as she lay on the ground after being shot and then slashed with a machete, Dune James Rike looked into her husband’s tear-filled eyes and asked, „Is this the end between us, so we shall not be together again?”

Pastor James Musa Rike told Compass that he held the hands of his dying, 35-year-old wife and told her, „Hold on to your faith in Jesus, and we shall meet and never part again.”

The story went on to say that Muslim extremists who attacked Kurum village–in the Bogoro local government area of Nigeria’s Bauchi state–had already killed two of their children in a rampage that began Wednesday (May 4, 2011) at midnight.

The reporter said that Rike, the pastor of a Church of Christ in Nigeria congregation in Kurum, next heard the cries of his 13-year-old daughter, Sum James Rike, who lay mortally wounded a few yards away.

„She told me that the Muslim militants told her they would kill her and ‘see how your Jesus will save you,'” he said. The girl told her father that she responded by telling them that Jesus had already saved her, and that by killing her they would only be making it possible for her to be with Him.

„Pastor Rike prayed for her as she died. Shooting and setting homes on fire, the Muslim extremists killed 12 other Christians in the attack. Bauchi police reported 16 dead – one man, three women and 12 children,” said CDN. „Pastor Rike and his son survived the attack, and his adopted daughter, Whulham James Rike, was injured and receiving treatment at the General Hospital in Bogoro, along with five others. The assailants set more than 20 houses ablaze before leaving the village, police said.”

Northern Nigeria climbed to 23rd place in 2010 from 27th in 2009 on Christian support organization Open Doors’ World Watch List of nations with the worst persecution.

Those killed were members of the three churches in the village – the COCIN church, St. John’s Catholic Church and an Evangelical Church of West Africa congregation,” said CDN and added that Pastor Rike said the incident has strengthened his faith in Jesus.

„Whatever is the situation, I will never forsake Christ,” he said. „All human beings are created by God, and our attackers must know that they need to abandon anything that will lead them to destroy creations of God.”

While persecution is creating a culture of fear, Moeller doesn’t expect it to affect church growth long-term. „First, over the course of time in a given country, as persecution increases, it really serves to spread the Gospel, as we saw in the New Testament. Secondly, in dozens of countries over the years where persecution has increased dramatically, the church has also grown dramatically.”

An estimated 100 million Christians worldwide suffer interrogation, arrest and even death for their faith in Christ, with millions more facing discrimination and alienation. Open Doors supports and strengthens believers in the world’s most difficult areas through Bible and Christian literature distribution, leadership training and assistance, Christian community development, prayer and presence ministry and advocacy on behalf of suffering believers. To partner with Open Doors USA, call toll free at 888-5-BIBLE-5 (888-524-2535) or go to the Open Doors Web site at  www.OpenDoorsUSA.org.

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