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NIGERIA: Teenage Girl Escapes After Abduction and Forcible Conversion to Islam

NIGERIA: Teenage Girl Escapes After Abduction and Forcible Conversion to Islam

Sadiya Amos, aged 17, went missing from north central Kaduna in northern Nigeria on the night of 5 January.

On 7 January, some men came to force her father Amos Chindo to attend a Sharia court in Anchau, Kubau without telling him what offence he had committed or even allowing him to tell his family where he was going.

A self-proclaimed lawyer, together with the Sharia judge, threatened that Chindo was preventing his daughter Sadiya from converting to Islam. The said ‘lawyer’, with the judge, had forged a birth certificate to raise Sadiya’s age from 17 to 19 years of age to support their claim. The ‘lawyer’ – who claimed to speak for Sadiya – refused the father access to her, or even to know her whereabouts. They then adjourned the trial to 14 January 2020.

The Anglican Bishop of Ikara Diocese, Yusuf Janfalan, who leads the church that the Chindo family attends, sent priests that day to tell the court that – since both Sadiya and her parents are Christians – the Sharia court has no official jurisdiction over the family.

The judge didn’t even give the priests the chance to speak, nor Sadiya’s parents. Instead, the Sharia judge read his pre-determined judgment and closed the case – without Sadiya even present in court.

Sadiya says she was abducted, kept in a locked room for over a month and forced to convert to Islam; some men guarded her room so she couldn’t escape. But one day, they all fell asleep leaving the door open; she quickly ran out and back to her parents.

According to Joshua Danlami , leader of The Hausa Christian Foundation, “There are two major objectives behind the incessant kidnapping of Christian girls and their forceful conversion to Islam: one, to inflict pain on the girl, her parents and the Christian community; and, two, to make the girl pregnant so that her child will then be born into Islam, contributing to claims that it’s the fastest growing religion in the world.

“The abductors know the chance of a successful prosecution against them is very low; that’s why they resort to attacking young women, who are often not well-educated, to reproduce with them. We call on the Christian communities to remain vigilant. This fight is becoming intense and the damages are overwhelming.”

Despite numerous assurances from President Buhari that he would find and rescue all women and girls kidnapped by Boko Haram – hundreds are still missing, including the 100 or so Chibok girls abducted in April 2014.

After he came to power in 2015 President Buhari, pledged in his acceptance speech to end Boko Haram’s insurgency, but almost five years on, the insecurity in the north seems not to have greatly improved, despite the Nigerian Army’s constant reassurances.

The group continues to hold Leah Sharibu, now aged 16, the only one of 110 girls kidnapped in February 2018 to remain in captivity. Leah was held-back because she refused to renounce her Christian faith and convert to Islam.

Source: World Watch Monitor

  • Join with Sadiya, her family and the Christian community in praising God for her return.
  • Ask the Lord to bring physical, emotional and spiritual healing to Sadiya to help her overcome her sufferings. Pray for her protection.
  • Pray the authorities in Nigeria will pursue justice and rescue captives. Ask the Lord to intervene on behalf of the kidnap victims in northern Nigeria.

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