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5/17/2013 Washington D.C. (International Christian Concern) – International Christian Concern (ICC) has learned that Rev. Faye Pama Musa, Secretary of the Borno state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), was shot dead at his home in northern Nigeria on May 15. According to reports, Rev. Faye Pama was followed home by suspected Boko Haram militants after concluding an evening Bible study at his church. Age 47, Rev. Faye Pama is survived by his wife and three children.
Rev. Faye Pama was killed last night,” Rev. Titus Dama Pona, chairman of CAN’s Borno chapter, told Morning Star News on May 16. “I am right now with his family, and they are still consulting on what next to do.
After following Rev. Faye Pama home, the gunmen climbed over the pastor’s fence and broke into his house. The gunmen then dragged the pastor out of his home and shot him outside. According to Morning Star News, the pastor was shot in front of his daughter, who followed the assailants outside begging for her father’s life.
Rev. Faye Pama was murdered only hours after Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three of Nigeria’s northern states, including the pastor’s home state of Borno. This declaration was precipitated by a recent surge in violence perpetrated by Boko Haram.
In a 2007 interview, Rev. Faye Pama said he would not leave Borno state even though it was the epicenter of Boko Haram’s insurgency. Both an outspoken critic of discrimination against Christians in northern Nigeria and a leader of CAN, Rev. Faye Pama was an ideal target for Boko Haram militants. “Being in that position and being so vocal, he must have been a marked man,” Mark Lipdo, Director of the Stefanos Foundation, told the Christian Broadcasting Network.  
Since 2009, Boko Haram has been engaged in an armed insurgency in Nigeria’s northern states, attempting to carve out a separate Islamic state where it can institute its radical brand of Sharia law. It is estimated that the Islamic extremist group is responsible for the murders of over 4,000 people. The group has specifically targeted Christians for some of its most terrible attacks.
ICC’s Regional Manager for Africa, William Stark, said, “Innocent Christians in northern Nigeria continue to be targeted for some of Boko Haram’s most heinous acts of violence. These attacks are meant to terrorize the Christian minority that have yet to flee Nigeria’s north. The recent surge in violence perpetrated by Boko Haram shows that the group is ruthless and not going away any time soon. Nigeria’s declaration of a state of emergency will likely not bring an end to the violence, similar tactics have had little success in the past. The U.S. continues to neglect the violence in northern Nigeria and has still not designated Boko Haram a Foreign Terrorist Group or Nigeria a Country of Particular Concern in regards to religious violence. Without decisive action from both Nigeria and the international community, Christians and critics of Boko Haram will continue to be slaughtered.