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03/12/2022 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – A church security guard was killed on Tuesday, March 8th, during the kidnapping of a Catholic Priest in Nigeria.

“The security guard, identified only as Luka, was killed in the abduction of the Rev. Joseph Akeke of St. John’s Catholic Church from his home in the Kudenda area of Kaduna city,” residents told Morning Star News. “The assailants killed another man in the predominantly Christian area as they shot sporadically while fleeing,” they added.

A woman and two children were also kidnapped during the attack.

Area resident Chinyere Onyewaku wrote to Morning Star via text message, saying, “These are challenges we face as Christians in Nigeria.”

Nigeria is arguably the most dangerous place to be a Christian in the world today.

Last year, Nigeria earned the title of Worst Persecuting Country at ICC’s Persecutor of the Year Awards. Due to violent terrorist groups and government indifference, tens of thousands have been killed, and millions have been displaced.

Sadly, clergymen are frequently targeted, kidnapped, and murdered in Nigeria. The government continues to deny any religious motivation behind the attacks and has recently convinced the U.S. Department of State to do the same.

In November, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken removed Nigeria from the State Department’s list of “Countries of Particular Concern (CPC)” for violations of religious freedom. This was done with no explanation and just three days prior to Blinken’s diplomatic trip to Nigeria to meet with the Nigerian President.

Please join us in praying for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria, for the Lord to strengthen the Nigerian church and heal His persecuted children of their trauma. Please also pray for the world to recognize the scale of the suffering that believers have to endure in Nigeria, as well as for the souls of those who persecute the church so that all will repent and find salvation in Christ.

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