How Boko Haram killed 17 Christians for refusing to renounce Jesus Christ

Pastor Sarana Chinda of All Saints Protestant Church, Hauran Wanki, Barracks, Kano, on Monday recounted how 17 members of his  church were  killed for refusing to renounce Jesus Christ.

Boko Haram

Pastor Chinda on how Boko Haram killed  17 members of his congregation

“On February 23,  2013, eight  out of the 13  people  that were killed  were my members who worked in a factory. They accompanied one of their relatives to look for work in Kano. It was around 7pm and one of them escaped because he was on night duty. Those who died were on morning shift and as they were relaxing outside that night, four men  wearing  babanriga (flowing gowns) came  in  a taxi cab and parked in front of our church.

“They  asked, “Are you not supposed to be in church praying? Why are you not in the church with others. They answered that some of them were Muslims. The four men then ordered that Christians should go to  one side and Muslims to the other side. So they separated them. They were not satisfied and wanted to make sure that no Muslim was  harmed .

“They decided to make inquiry about their names; but the Boko Haram members realised that the names of some of them  were Muslim names and they asked, are you people Muslims?We’re you not here when we separated Christians from Muslims. When they finished getting their names, they  sprayed bullets on them. But one was lucky to have escaped because he was inside the room.

“After gunning down the 13 people, they ordered that that one that ran inside  should come out from hiding or else, they  would  kill all the women and children in the house. The man became afraid and told them to give him an assurance that if he comes out they won’t kill any woman or child. They swore by Allah that they won’t kill him if he surrenders. The guy came out and they shot him dead.

“The only one that escaped among the 14 factory workers was the one that went to fetch water. He ran to my house and informed me that they had killed our people. As I prepared to drive  to the scene, my wife wanted to follow me but I refused. But when I got there, I saw the corpses  everywhere . I made some calls and  policemen  came and took the corpses away. I started looking for the identity of the people and it was then I saw somebody who said he sent for them to come and look for  work.”


Jonathan blamed

The Christian Association of Nigerian -Americans berated the Jonathan administration’s lethargy in seeking an end to the spate of bombings and killings by the religious sect.

The President of  CANAN, Dr. James Fadele and the Executive Director, Mr. ‘Laolu Akande, who addressed a press conference in company with the General Secretary of  the Christian Association of Nigeria, Dr. Musa Asake, in Abuja, therefore advised the government to be proactive and seek foreign  intervention  in fighting the sect.

Boko Haram, an Islamic fundamentalist group, is believed to have killed over 1,000 persons since it began its onslaught on military formations, places of worship and  relaxation centres in 2009.


Government is helpless

Akande, who first spoke,  said, “I think government itself has expressed helplessness.  President Jonathan had said on several occasions that this(Boko Haram)  problem is big. We believe that the Nigerian government cannot handle this problem anymore.”

Buttressing the groups’ belief that the Jonathan administration had  not shown   the political will   to end the sect’s activities, Akande  said government  should be more determined to  prosecute  members of the National Assembly that had been  found to have links  with  Boko Haram.

He added, “There are instances of lack of political will on the part of the Federal Government. There are cases of some supporters of Boko Haram in the National Assembly .

“Government can become more aggressive in going after members of Boko Haram and those supporting this sect. The government is not proactive; the government should be proactive and also seek support from other countries like the United States to deal with  Boko Haram because this is an international problem.

“I wish the government can do more in protecting the lives of Nigerians. Some of the cases are not even reported. How can somebody be going to another person’s house to kill . It is sad and it also speaks of the breakdown of law and order in the country. If government cannot provide law and order, it then becomes worrisome.”


$50,000 donation for Boko Haram victims

In  his comment,  Fadele said Nigerian Christians in  the US  had taken notice of the impact of the actions of Boko Haram and therefore wanted  all Nigerians  to “rise up by providing  financial and material support  to  the victims of Boko Haram attacks in northern Nigeria.”

He  said,  “We are concerned about the widows and are touched by the plight of the orphans. We reckon that many of these individuals are left without a source of livelihood.

“We have heard that CAN is setting up a Relief Fund where Nigerians can donate money and materials to support the victims. For instance, victims’ children can benefit from scholarships taken out from such a fund. Towards such a fund, CANAN is making an initial widow’s mite of $50,000.

“If backers of terrorists are raising the money to perpetuate acts of terror, supporters of and advocates for peace can no longer look the other way. We want to join hands with CAN today to call on Nigerian philanthropists, businesses, and captains of industry, well-to-do individuals and all people of goodwill to consider the apparent financial plight of Boko Haram victims and lend a helping hand.


CANAN not a political group

“CANAN does not conceive itself as a political group. We are an advocate for innocent and helpless people being slaughtered in their places of worship. Christians are being killed, churches are being attacked and destroyed, health workers and doctors are being assassinated, markets are being ravaged, police precincts are being vanquished, and neighborhoods are being tormented. This wickedness must stop. We commend the bold leadership of CAN for speaking up in a categorical and  courageous manner.

Culled from Punch

  1. mimi4naija Reply

    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm my beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, we will not give up our faith in the LIVING GOD for lies, sword, bullets, charms, imprisonment or torture because the glory of the later cannot be compared to anything or any religion. JESUS IS LORD OVER NIGERIA!!!

  2. Adebola Olayinka Reply

    The African Spotlight have done well as to; out of their great concern for life; disclose this terrible happening. We all are seriously Traumatised out of deep concern aswell for the vitims, and wish for allround safety of lifes in Nigeria.Indeed we have been praying for Divine Intervention,and I believe the Saviour of the world, and Master of the Universe himself, will not let these enemies of righteouseness put an end to all lives and living in Nigeria, Particularly those of our Christian Brothers and Sisters in the North.

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