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Islamist militants executed five Christians in Nigeria over Christmas. In a video of the killing, they declare: “This is a warning to Christians in all parts of the world and those in Nigeria.”

The terrorist group Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) claimed responsibility for the killings. ISWAP is a splinter group of Boko Haram, which has pledged to turn Nigeria into an Islamist state.

The five executed are believed to have been among 11 kidnapped on Christmas Day in northeast Nigeria. Their executioners filmed them kneeling with their hands tied behind them.

Before they shot them dead from behind they asked them to state their names.

The men gave their names as Uka Joseph, Sunday, Wilson, Joshua Maidugu and Garba Yusuf.

Their last words were: “I am a Christian.”

Sources: Release International, Morningstar News

  • Pray earnestly for the believers who have suffered so much in the last few years as a result of this unrelenting violence from Islamic groups. Ask God to bring good from this tragedy. Pray for the other kidnap victims.
  • Pray against any kind of retaliation from Christian communities. Ask God to enable believers to encourage each other with powerful words of forgiveness and love.
  • Ask God to use the witness of His children to powerfully work to change the hearts and minds of those who have opposed Him and His church.

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