05/26/2021 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – According to Morning Star News, suspected jihadist Fulani herdsmen invaded a Roman Catholic Church in Malumfashi, Katsina state on Friday, killing one priest and kidnapping another.
Church members confirmed the attack and added that about 15 assailants entered parish premises at around 1:30am. “This sad event took place at the early hours of today, Friday, May 21, 2021,” said Reverand Cornelius Tagwai, chancellor of Sokoto Diocese, “The late Father Bello was kidnapped along with Father Joseph Keke, the most senior priest of Sokoto Diocese, but his [Bello’s] lifeless body was later found abandoned behind the [Catechetical Training School]. The whereabouts of Father Keke is not yet known.”
Church member Emmanuel Albert said in a text message to Morning Star News, “The Rev. Father Alphonsus is gone but will never be forgotten. He died because of his Christian faith, and as he has gone to meet his Maker, may eternal rest be granted to his soul.”
Reverend Onyekachukwu, Katsina state chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, called the killing and abduction “disheartening, unfortunate and painful.”
“We don’t have anything to do more than prayers because what is happening in our nation is beyond control, as if we don’t have a government in Nigeria,” he said, “Our hearts are bleeding over the situation in the country.”
Recently, in The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) 2021 annual report, Commissioner Gary L. Bauer described Nigeria as a “killing field” of Christians and warned that the nation is moving toward a Christian genocide.
“All too often this violence is attributed to mere “bandits” or explained away as hostility between farmers and herdsmen.” States Bauer, “While there is some truth in these assertions, they ignore the main truth: radical Islamists are committing violence inspired by what they believe is a religious imperative to ‘cleanse’ Nigeria of its Christians. They must be stopped.”
Please pray for peace in Nigeria, and for the Lord to comfort those grieving the loss of loved ones due to violence. Please also pray for the perpetrators of this attack, that they will be blessed with knowing the truth of the gospel and accept Jesus as their savior.
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