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A pastor’s daughter died, several people were injured and a Baptist church was torched during an attack on a village in the Rogo local government area of Kano State on the evening of 1 April.

At a press conference in the Nigerian capital Abuja on 7 April, General Ishaku Ahmed Dikko said that the daughter of Reverend Habila Garba suffocated following an arson attack on her home in Gidan Maso Village. Local Muslim youth set fire to the house after failing to locate Yahaya Joshua, a Christian who had briefly converted to Islam before returning to Christianity.

General Dikko said the mob had wanted to kill Mr Joshua but when they could not find him they lit cornstalks inside the church and burned it to the ground, ignoring the pleas of the local Christians. They then went on to attack the pastor’s residence nearby.

The mob also assaulted local Christians with machetes and two people sustained broken arms. ‘The Christians present exhibited great Christian qualities by not taking law into their hands by trying to stop them by force,” said General Dikko.

Source: Christian Solidarity Worldwide

 Prayer Points

  • Ask the Lord to help the family of Reverend Garba during their time of grief. May their friends and church family rally around them to love and care for them.
  • Pray too for those who suffered injuries, for their healing. Thank the Lord for their Christlike example in the midst of the attack.
  •  Pray for the new government in Nigeria and all those in authority, that they will do all things possible to end the brutality and bring violent perpetrators to justice.