Nigeria

Muslim Fulani herdsmen on Monday (June 17, 2019) killed 4 Christians in Kaduna state of north-central Nigeria, including 3 children, on the same day 9 other Christians were slain in neighboring Plateau state.

According to Christian residents in Kauru County of Kaduna state, between 3 a.m and 4 a.m. well over 200 armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen invaded predominantly Christian Ungwan Rimi Kamuru village, killing 8-year-old Monday Yahaya, 9-year-old Zhime Danladi and Samson David, 15.

“They were all buried today after a brief prayer at the grave site.”
– Area resident Thomas John in a text message.

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Until this week, Rebecca Sharibu had never set foot outside of her village in northern Nigeria. Helpless and heartbroken, she boarded a plane for the very first time and traveled 9,000 miles to the United States on a desperate mission to secure the freedom of her young daughter.

Leah Sharibu, 16, was kidnapped in February 2018 in a raid at her school by Boko Haram—a deadly Nigerian terror group with ties to ISIS. In all, the group abducted 110 girls.

One month later, the Nigerian government negotiated the release of every hostage with one exception: Leah, who was 14 years old at the time she was taken captive.

Boko Haram would not let her go unless she renounced her Christian faith and converted to Islam. Leah refused and was declared a “slave for life” by her captors.

“She chose faith over freedom when it would have been so easy to cave.”
– Dede Laugesen, executive director of Save the Persecuted Christians, a grassroots group that raises awareness of worldwide Christian persecution.

Rebecca endured 6 long months without any word about the wellbeing of her daughter, unaware whether she was dead or alive. In August 2018, Boko Haram released a photo of Leah clad in a hijab along with a recording in which Leah can be heard pleading for her freedom.

“Immediately [when] I saw it, I just started crying and weeping. On a daily basis, I am pained. I weep. I don’t feel good, but I have no choice.”
– Rebecca recounting the first time she saw Leah’s photograph.

Rebecca is not alone.

Tears flow throughout the west African nation. About 2,000 Nigerians died last year in ongoing disputes portrayed by the media as a clash between farmers and herdsmen.

“We’re here to let the world know what’s happening, because they keep this narrative of herder-farmer conflict. It’s not that way at all.”
– Alheri Magaji, whose father was arrested and detained for 100 days. A village elder, he was removed from power during a Fulani militant raid.

Magaji equates what’s happening to a deadly religious campaign with the goal of eradicating Christians.

“A bill was just passed by the National House of Assembly saying that preachers are going to be regulated and their licenses renewed every year. We believe Kaduna State is a testing ground for what plans they have in Nigeria as a whole.”
– Alheri Magaji

Magaji and others like Mercy Maisamari represent a younger generation of Nigerian Christians unafraid to speak out, even though it comes with great risk to their own lives now that Fulani Muslims have run the local, state, and federal government apparatus.

Save the Persecuted Christians and the International Committee on Nigeria organized a delegation of Nigerians to travel to Washington, D.C. to share their stories with leaders at the White House and Capitol Hill.

“Someone has to say what is really happening. If God says it’s you, then you can’t run away from the responsibility of being the one to talk.”
– Mercy Maisamari, who was kidnapped by Fulani militants and held hostage for 10 days.

“This really is a jihad that is raging in Nigeria and we are ramping up to a genocide.”
– Dede Laugesen

Leah has celebrated 2 birthdays while in captivity. Her brave stand is encouraging others like Gloria Puldu, who runs the eponymous Leah Foundation – a group dedicated to secure freedom for Leah and other girls like her.

Puldu’s vocal advocacy in the U.S. has caught the attention of Nigerian officials, who visited the local office of the foundation and informed staff they would like question her when she returns.

“As a Christian I’m not afraid. I want to stand for my faith, on behalf of my people.”
– Gloria Puldu

Tony Perkins of The Family Research Council has chosen Leah Sharibu as the cause he will personally champion as the newly-elected chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom.

Still, it is perhaps the biggest understatement to suggest the courage of Leah affects no one more than her own mother – who’s lifeless face reflects a pain no parent should ever bear.

“She did an amazing thing by refusing to renounce Christ, and I’m very proud of what she has done. I’m not sure if I was even in her position at 14 years old that I would have even done what she has done.”
– Rebecca Sharibu

Pain and prayer now fuel Rebecca’s passion, prompting the boldness to ask for help from any and all who will listen.

“I have come to plead with your government—to plead with Pres. Donald Trump. My son’s name is Donald. So Donald Trump I need him to help me have my daughter released. Leah needs to be home like the other girls who are back with their families.”
– Rebecca Sharibu

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Suspected Muslim Fulani herdsmen ambushed and killed a 26-year-old Catholic on Thursday, May 2, 2019 in north-central Nigeria and two other Christians in the same manner on April 27, 2019.

After a herdsmen assault in March 2018 that left 27 Christians dead in the predominantly Christian community of Dong village north of Jos in Nigeria, assailants on Thursday, May 2, 2019 killed David Musa, 26, at 5:25 p.m., said Nuhu Ako, 42-year-old Christian youth leader at the area’s St. Monica’s Catholic Church.

“We heard the sound of gunshots around the stream west of Dong village…We rushed there to find out what happened and found again the killing of a member of our community.”
– Nuhu Ako

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An 8-year-old Nigerian Christian refugee who fled Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria is now the New York State chess champion for his age bracket.

Tanitoluwa Adewumi (Tani) was placed first in the New York State Scholastic Championships, beating out competitors from elite private schools.

Incredibly, Tani only began learning chess about a year ago after his family left northern Nigeria in 2017 to escape the attacks of Boko Haram on Christians.

Tani, his parents, and siblings moved into a homeless shelter when they arrived in America and have been homeless ever since.

Tani attends Manhattan’s P.S. 116 elementary school (P.S. 116 Manhattan: The Mary Lindley Murray School in New York Central) and joined the chess club. His teacher waived the costly chess club fees after seeing Tani’s talent.

The Islamic State in West Africa or the Islamic State’s West Africa Province formerly known as Jamā’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihād and commonly known as Boko Haram until March 2015, is a jihadist terrorist organization based in northeastern Nigeria, also active in Chad, Niger and northern Cameroon.

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At least 32 people were killed in a Muslim Fulani herder attack on a Christian area of north-central Nigeria – villages in and around Maro, in Kajuru County of Kaduna state, Nigeria [#MuslimFulani #Christian #Nigeria]

At least 32 people were killed in a Muslim Fulani herder attack on a Christian area of north-central Nigeria on Tuesday (February 26, 2019).

The early morning assault on villages in and around Maro, in Kajuru County of Kaduna state, came after a February 10 herdsmen attack on Angwan Barde, in the same county, that killed 10 Catholic Christians along with an unborn child.

In this week’s attack in Maro, the Fulani herdsmen also damaged church buildings and property.

According to the Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) many of its missionaries working among the area Adara (known as Kadara by the Hausa) and Katari ethnic groups have been displaced.

According to the Rev. Bakari Ibrahim, director of the ECWA’s Evangelical Missionary Society (EMS), Aa boarding school for the children of missionaries in Kufana town has been closed.

“Please pray for peace in Kaduna state – hundreds have been displaced and hundreds killed by the Fulani jihadists. We evacuated about hundred EMS kids from Kufana for safety. Many of our missionaries working among the Kadara tribe and some in Katari areas have been displaced. Please keep praying for our nation.”
Rev. Bakari Ibrahim, director of the ECWA’s Evangelical Missionary Society (EMS)

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