A pastor who made headlines earlier this month for praising God in a ransom video has been executed by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria.
International human rights activists have condemned the killing of Rev Lawan Andimi, the chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria’s chapter in the Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State.
Andimi was declared missing on 3 January following a raid by the Islamic extremist group in Michika. Video posted online appears to show Andimi being forced into a vehicle by his captors.
Days later, Andimi was seen in a video released by his captors calling on fellow Christian leaders and state government officials to secure his release. Despite the situation, Andimi said in the video that he was not discouraged because “all conditions that one finds himself is in the hand of God”.
“By the grace of God, I will be together with my wife and my children and all my colleagues,” he said. “If the opportunity has not been granted, maybe it is the will of God.”
On Monday, local sources disclosed to ministry partners in the United States that Andimi had been murdered.
Andimi’s denomination, the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, confirmed the pastor’s death. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) declared three days of prayer and fasting and condemned the “brutal murder” of Andimi as “a shame to the Nigerian government”.
CAN called for Nigerian Christians “to be calm” but challenged President Muhammadu Buhari and his national government “to be more proactive about effort to get rid of the continuous siege on Nigeria and end the wanton killings and destructions of lives and property.”
Sources: The Christian Post, Christianity Today
- Join with Christians throughout Nigeria and the world to uphold all those grieving for the loss of Rev Lawan Andimi.
- Thank the Lord for Rev Andimi’s extraordinary faithfulness. Pray his story may be used as a testimony to the power of the Gospel all over the world.
- Ask God to frustrate the plans of Islamic groups to cause harm. Pray for the conviction and revelation of many members, by the Holy Spirit.
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