Nigeria's Victims Of Anti Christian Violence Remembered

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

By Worthy News Africa Service

ABUJA/LONDON (Worthy News)-- Christians from all denominations will attend prayer services in Nigeria and Britain Friday, September 11, to remember last month's Islamic attacks against especially Nigerian Christians in which over 1,000 people died, organizers of the gatherings said.

The services, which will take place at Abuja’s Ecumenical Center and at St Marylebone Anglican Church in London, are being coordinated by the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and Nigerian clergymen in London, Worthy News learned Tuesday, September 8.

"As well as commemorating the victims of violence and expressing solidarity, both services will highlight" attacks by the militant group Boko Haram against the Christian community, said Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), an advocacy group involved in Friday's events.

It said that, "Over 1000 people are thought to have died after Boko Haram launched a series of attacks in [the states of] Bauchi, Yobe, Kano and Borno of northern Nigeria last month."


In the Borno State capital of Maiduguri, militants reportedly held a combined force of police and army units at bay for four days and seized numerous hostages, including several hundred Christians for "use as human shields at their besieged headquarters" CSW said.

It comes amid international concerns over rising Islamic extremism in the country and reports that a captured Boko fighter has admitted receiving weapons and explosives training in Afghanistan.

Reverend Canon Ben Enwuchola, the London event host, said in a statement that he was shocked about last month's violence. "In 1987, I ferried victims of religious violence from the university in Kano to hospital. It is shocking that over twenty years later, Nigeria’s cyclical religious violence has neither been recognised nor adequately addressed."

He urged Christians to pray for "lasting peace and reconciliation between the religious communities of northern and central Nigeria." CSW National Director Stuart Windsor said it was crucial that "those who suffer will be given a voice and that there might be an end to the violence that has torn at the heart" of Africa's most populous nation.

Nigeria's 140 million population is divided between Christians in the south, and Muslims mainly in the north, where 12 of the 36 states adopted Islamic sharia law in 2000, adding to religious tensions.

3 thoughts on “Nigeria's Victims Of Anti Christian Violence Remembered

  1. Praying!

    "The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hand."
    "He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." John 3:35-36

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    "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life." John 6:47

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    "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."

    "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved."
    "He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God."

    "And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil."
    "For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved."

    "But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God." John 3:16-21

    In Jesus

  2. I just dont get why religion really should still bring much problems...even into this century we are in.
    I mean are we not yet developing,aint our eyes opened to already understand and learn from otherscountries..what religion violence has caused
    this is my country but it still pains to see the middleeastern religious countries childishness could also spread to a country which has no business atall.
    Nigeria religious people both christiansmuslims...have to wake up to agree 'choice of religion is free,forcing isnt Gods will...'I wouldnt wanna be forced so why do this guys have to just start unnecessary chaos in the midst of even "problems" already.
    Wake up! let us stop "judging" let there be "free choice" people!

  3. Trust Of Humanity Foundation Pakistan

    Dear Brother and Sister

    I am Qaisar Anwar Founder and President of Trust Of Humanity Foundation Pakistan, More than three thousand armed people attacked on Christian homes in Gojra Christian town on August 1, 2009, town situated in diocese on Faisalabad, after the earlier attack on Christian houses in Village Korian, 5 to 6 km from Gojra town on 30th July.
    More than one thousand people held a procession in the main city of the Gojra town at about 8:30 AM on August 1, 2009. They were demanding death sentence of Talib Masih who is charged of false blasphemy in village Korian. Thousands of Muslims attacked on Christians in Gojra after the procession and opened fire on the innocent Christian people indiscriminately.

    The Christians being week could not resist attack and more then 60 houses completely burned and looted from the houses and set every thing on fire. A Pentecostal Church situated in Christian Town was completely burned.

    One Hameed Mashi, 50, who was fired with a bullet in his head died at the spot. His family members were gathered around his dead body. The extremists reached there and threw. All of them died and completely burned.

    Two women were present at their home and they were also set on fire. They also died at the spot.
    18 people have been injured. And they are hospitalized with no care in the hospital.

    Following are the names of the dead:
    1. Hameed Mashi
    2. Akhlas Mashi
    3. Asfa Bibi
    4. Victoria Ashi
    5. Seema Bibi
    6. Umia Bibi
    7. Unknown Child.

    The situation in Gojra is still tense. There are announcements continued in the mosuques about attacking the Christian Colonies and Villages in this area.
    Non-cooperation from the district administration and negligence of the law enforcement agencies has caused this problem.
    The immature attitude of the Christian political leadership has added to the misery
    (Poor Christians of Gojra seeking your help and support)


    Qaisar Anwar
    Christian Colony Toba Tek Singh
    36050 Pakistan,
    Call: +92-3136564366
    Email Address:

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