The President of the Ekklisiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria (EYN, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria) has revealed that over 176 of the girls kidnapped from a school in north east Nigeria by Boko Haram terrorists last year are from families belonging to his denomination.
Reverend Samuel Dali’s revelation coincides with a Global Week of Action launched by local activists to commemorate 500 days since the abductions.
Speaking to local media, Reverend Dali added that over 8,000 members of his church had lost their lives and 70% of church facilities in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno States had been destroyed during the Boko Haram crisis, including the church’s headquarters in Mubi, Adamawa State, which was seized in October 2014. In addition, an estimated 90,000 EYN church members are reported to have been displaced by terrorist violence.
During a two-day visit to Nigeria which began on 23 August, United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon appealed “as UN Secretary General and personally as a father and grandfather” for the unconditional release of “the Chibok girls and the many children and adults kidnapped in the North East.”
Sources: Christian Solidarity Worldwide, International Christian Concern
- Pray that the persecution of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria would bring them together in unity and that they would encounter God in intimate ways through this trial.
- Pray the world would continue to stand in prayer and contend for the release of those who remain in captivity and the large numbers of people who have lost loved ones, homes and livelihoods.
- Pray that Nigeria’s military offensive will be successful in continuing to weaken Boko Haram, especially in regions such as Yobe and Borno state, as they are still extremely insecure.