Fulani herdsmen who kidnapped a Christian pastor outside the city of Kaduna in northern Nigeria killed him last week after receiving ransom payments, sources said.
The Rev Dauda Bature of the First Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Hayin Narayi, Kaduna state, was kidnapped by armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen on 8 November while working on his farm in Ungwan Kanti village. Church leaders said they learned of his death last week.
“On Thursday, 9 December, the pastor’s captors called his church leaders, ECWA, and informed them that they had killed the pastor since they could not bring more money,”
according to Rev Joseph Hayab, chairman of the Kaduna state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN).
Pastor Bature’s wife, who also had been kidnapped and was released on 6 December, told church leaders that her husband preached Christ to his captors and prayed for their repentance, infuriating them and likely contributing to their decision to kill him, according to Pastor Hayab.
Sources said Pastor Bature’s wife had been taken hostage when she took ransom payment to the herdsmen on 18 November.
ECWA member Ezra Hosea said Pastor Bature served as local chairman of the CAN in Nariya-Maigiginya Zone, Rigasa District of Igabi LGA, Kaduna state.
“They kidnapped him at his farm along the Unguwar Kanti-Pakah Kadi highway in Chikun Local Government Area, Kaduna State,” Hosea said.
Christian leaders in Nigeria have said they believe herdsmen attacks on Christian communities in Nigeria’s Middle Belt are inspired by their desire to forcefully take over Christians’ lands and impose Islam as desertification has made it difficult for them to sustain their herds.
Source: Morning Star News
Let us pray.
- Pray for Pastor Bature’s wife, family and congregation as they come to terms with this shocking and violent loss. Pray they may feel the Lord’s comforting presence.
- Pray for the protection of vulnerable communities, particularly pastors who are frequently targeted for kidnapping. Uphold the many captives earnestly hoping for release.
- Ask the Lord to restrain evil and frustrate the plans of those intent on violence in Nigeria.