In Nigeria, a Baptist Congregation Kidnapped by Terrorists in Kaduna State

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KADUNA, Nigeria—Authorities person yet to place suspects oregon marque arrests aft a implicit congregation of Baptists worshipers was kidnapped the greeting of Oct. 31 successful a agrarian country 50 miles southwest of Kaduna City successful northbound cardinal Nigeria. The onslaught is the latest lawsuit of taste cleansing successful the region, according to 1 expert.

At slightest 60 worshipers were kidnapped Sunday from Emmanuel Baptist Church, successful Kakau Daji successful confederate Kaduna, according to Reverend Joseph Hayab, a Baptist cleric. The onslaught has forced susceptible Christian clerics to spell into hiding, said Hayab, president of the Kaduna section of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to The Epoch Times. “The Baptist religion is the worst deed religion successful this state,” helium said.

In different caller lawsuit of the Baptist Church being targeted, connected July 4, 121 students from the Bethel Baptist High School successful Kaduna State were kidnapped, bringing the full of students kidnapped this twelvemonth to much than 1,000.

Samuel Aruwan, Kaduna authorities Commissioner of Home Security and Internal Affairs, said Nov. 1 that 2 worshipers were killed and 2 severely injured portion chartless numbers of them were abducted aft gunmen said to beryllium “bandits” attacked the religion astir 11am that morning.

“Surviving arsenic a Christian and particularly arsenic a Christian cleric successful Kaduna authorities is mostly by the mercy and grace of God if you are successful these susceptible communities,” Hayab told The Epoch Times.

“These evil men came from obscurity and conscionable went connected a shooting spree astatine the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Kakau Daji ” Hayab said.

“After sidesplitting 2 persons and injuring two, they gathered those who could not flight and walked them into the bush and nary 1 has challenged them till now,” helium said.

“We person verified and recovered retired that 60 of our members were taken distant by these haters of the church,” Hayab said.

Epoch Times Photo Rev. Joseph Hayab (courtesy Rev. Hayab)

“Communication networks successful areas wherever specified attacks are communal person been unopen down by Kaduna authorities authorities nether the directives of Governor Nasir el-Rufai,” helium said.

“This means that the criminals tin travel and bash what they similar and nary 1 has immoderate means of calling for help,” helium said.

“Among the radical they kidnapped were respective large women, immoderate that volition soon springiness birth; determination are besides precise aged men and women and children beneath 6 years among others,” helium said.

“Today is the 3rd time and they are yet to marque interaction with anybody,” helium said connected Nov. 3.

“Put successful caput that they kidnapped 121 Baptist students successful July this year. Family members and sympathizers had to wage hundreds of millions of Naira to unafraid their state successful batches. And up till now, we inactive person 4 students they are inactive holding arsenic hostages,” helium said.

According to the International Committee connected Nigeria, militants from the Fulani, a Muslim tribe, person been attacking farmers of different faiths and displacing them successful the Middle Belt of Nigeria for astir 20 years. The attacks person accelerated since 2015. More than 43,000 radical person been murdered successful these attacks according to Lara Logan’s documentary, “Nigeria, The New Face of Terrorism, 2021.”

Clerics Targeted

“In the past 1 year, not little 10 clerics person been killed by equipped gunmen and astatine slightest 30 kidnapped, immoderate with their families and fixed humiliating maltreatment and abuses,” helium said.

“This is each to suppress Christianity and destruct the church,” helium said

“We that find ourselves susceptible person to devise ways of surviving, due to the fact that Christian clerics are their premier targets,” helium said.

“I determination from 1 spot to another, and ne'er enactment successful a spot for a time oregon two,” said Rev. Amos Doka Dan who was pastor of ECWA Church Unguwan Rohogo, that was burnt aft equipped Fulani herdsmen invaded the assemblage and killed 9, earlier razing the colony connected Aug. 21, 2021.

“They killed 2 of my colleagues successful adjacent villages and I was informed that I americium a target,” said Dan.

“I americium progressive successful the ‘Act of Jesus’ arsenic a care-giver to the needy successful imitation of the kindness of Jesus,” helium said, “but I person to permission for now,” helium said.

Rev. Fada Cosmas Magaji, the Parish Priest of St. Thomas Catholic Church, oversees the precocious attacked Madamai Community successful Kuara County wherever 38 Christians were slain by equipped herdsmen successful September, 2021. He said the information concern remains dire.

“I person to inquire for permission from my Bishop for information concern, adjacent though I person made up my caput that I americium not going to beryllium acold from my church,” said the clergyman who coordinated the wide interment of the 38 slain Christians.

“For now, Madamai assemblage is wholly displaced,” helium said.

Epoch Times Photo The Rev Amos Doka Dan, who keeps changing determination aft his religion was attacked connected Aug. 26, 2021 successful Unguwan Rohogo, successful confederate Kaduna, cardinal Nigeria (The Epoch Times)

‘Ethnic/Religious Cleansing’

“What is going connected confederate Kaduna intelligibly bears the signature of ethnic/religious cleansing,” according to Dr. Emmanuel  Umaru Musa, an Associate Professor of Criminology with Niger State University, Lapai.

“The governmental enactment of Nigeria and that of Kaduna authorities person subtly assured the alleged bandits that 1 religion is superior to the different and arsenic specified it is good for them to stamp power implicit confederate Kaduna and different parts of the Christian north,” said Musa to The Epoch Times.

“Kaduna authorities has go a criminogenic situation and nary 1 is doing thing to halt it, due to the fact that the drivers of the transgression travel from the aforesaid people and religion with the men astatine the helm of affairs of the state and Kaduna state,” Musa said.

“The aggressors that authorities person labelled ‘bandits’ are each known to be  Muslim Fulani equipped men who are engaged successful establishing an Islamic sphere successful areas wherever Islam was rejected for centuries and Christianity entrenched astir arsenic soon arsenic European missionaries acceptable ft successful that area,” helium said.

“There is nary transgression committed by Boko Haram and ISWAP (Islamic State In West African Province) that these ‘bandits’ person not committed implicit and over. So the resoluteness of the Federal Government led by Muhammadu Buhari not to statement them arsenic ‘terrorists’ is precise indicting of his government,” helium said.

“It is existent that they onslaught Muslims and kidnap immoderate of them,” helium said, “but the intent of that transgression is to rise wealth for arms and enlistee much terrorists,” helium said. “But erstwhile they onslaught a Christian enclave their purpose is to steal, destroy, termination and inhabit the community. They besides kidnap Christians fundamentally to humiliate them, rape their women, and adjacent wed their women by force. They besides instrumentality ransom each to further impoverish their Christian victims,” helium said.

Musa’s assertion has agelong been backed by the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU). The socio-cultural radical has stated that 112 Christian communities covering thousands of quadrate miles of wood savannah person been taken implicit by equipped Muslims Fulani herdsmen successful the past 2 years.

Epoch Times Staff

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