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Nigeria : Wife forgives killers of her husband

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‘They were ignorant of the crime they have committed because they do not know Jesus,’

12/23/2008 Nigeria (Release International)-The wife of a Christian pastor murdered in the recent wave of violence in the city of Jos says she forgives his killers.

Mary Yari told new agency Compass Direct that her husband Joseph was shot as he tried to stop rioters from destroying a Baptist church in the Plateau state capital. ‘They were ignorant of the crime they have committed because they do not know Jesus,’ she said.

Joseph Yari, who led an Evangelical Church of West Africa congregation, was one of six church leaders killed when rioters went on the rampage on November 28-29, attacking Christians and their property. Church leaders told Compass Direct that 40 churches were destroyed and at least 500 people killed in the riots. Four hundred of them were reported to be Muslims killed by security forces ordered to shoot on sight during a 24-hour curfew.

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