Published: 00:00 GMT Standard Time - Friday 30 October 2009
Nigeria: Christian Pastors Beheaded
At least twelve churches have been burned and a number of Christians killed in anti- Christian violence in northern Nigeria. The coordinated attacks began on 26 July and spread across several states. Islamist militants targeted Christians and the local police, setting fire to churches and homes of local Christians. Five police officers and twelve Christians have been confirmed dead.
Perhaps the most shocking element of the violence was the brutal murders of two Christian pastors. When asked to convert to Islam, they refused and were beheaded. One of them, Sabo Yakubu, a father of seven, was hacked to death with a machete. The other, George Orjih, preached to the leader of the militants about Christ before his martyrdom. A fellow kidnap victim, who was later released, reported, “While we were lying there, tied up, George turned to me and said, ‘If you survive, tell my brothers that I died well, and am living with Christ. And if we all die, we know that we die for the Lord.’” One eye-witness says that Orjih was singing and praying all through the ordeal and encouraging the believers not to give up, even unto death.