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NIGERIAN CHRISTIANS TARGETED FOR PERSECUTION, ASK U.S. TO HELP

Father God, we ask You to aid and strengthen the Christians in Nigeria and to free Leah Sharibu from her captors.

The horror that enveloped Rebecca Sharibu’s world in early 2018 when her 14-year-old daughter, Leah, was kidnapped by Boko Haram militants in Nigeria felt like it might suddenly end when news broke, after just a few weeks of back-channel efforts, that the more than 100 girls taken in the raid were being released.

But then it became clear that one girl, Leah, was being held back by the jihadis because she refused to renounce her Christian faith. For Mrs. Sharibu, the nightmare would only get worse.

Five months after the others were set free, a grainy video emerged of a sad, frightened-looking girl wearing a light brown Islamic head covering, a hijab. It was Leah, and she was pleading for Nigeria’s government to respond to the demands of the jihadi terrorist group Boko Haram, which has aligned itself with the Islamic State.

“I just started crying,” Mrs. Sharibu said in a recent interview with The Washington Times. “That was the only time I saw her and heard from her. … I don’t know what is happening to her.”

The mother’s anguish continues to this day. Mrs. Sharibu and a delegation of other Nigerian Christians sought to highlight that anguish on a recent visit to Washington, where they met with U.S. lawmakers and staffers of Vice President Mike Pence. . . .

ICON co-founder Stephen Enada said the U.S. should be giving a stronger response to a security crisis in Nigeria that began nearly a decade ago with the rise of Boko Haram and has evolved into a landscape of chaos in the northern part of the country, where minority Christian communities are targeted.

Complicating the crisis are expanding clashes between ethnic Fulani cattle herders, who are mainly Muslim, and Christian farmers spread across Nigeria’s predominantly Muslim northern states.

Throw in widespread government corruption, and the result has been an epidemic of violence and religious kidnappings. Christian groups say Boko Haram has emboldened Muslim Fulani herdsman to carry out attacks.

“We’ve realized seeing these strands of terrorist activity in Nigeria in the last seven to eight years,” said Mr. Enada. “Now, everybody is asking the Nigerian government to do something, but doing something has not amounted to anything. So we still have a lot of Christian communities, especially, that have been decimated.” . . .

[N]ot new are kidnappings tied to Boko Haram, whose name translates roughly in English to “Western — or non-Islamic — education is sin.” The group, which the U.S. has designated as a foreign terrorist organization, made global headlines in 2014 when it kidnapped more than 270 schoolgirls from the largely Christian northern Nigerian village of Chibok. At least 50 of the Chibok girls later escaped and more than 100 have since been released, but dozens are believed to remain in captivity or to have suffered violent deaths. . . .

“Pregnant women having their stomachs turned open and their babies [taken] out,” she said.

“We’re predominantly farmers and hunters, and one thing they’ve done this year is to cut off limbs of people,” she said. “We believe it’s because they are planning for us not to go back to the farms to work. Because even if you’re healed, how do you go back to work?”

“I have come to your country to plead with your government, to plead with all of you, that you should please put some pressure on our government or do anything that you can so that my daughter will be released,” Mrs. Sharibu said.

She added that the strength of God is behind her in fighting for Leah’s release. “God,” she said, “is the only one helping me.” (Excerpt from The Washington Times, reporting by Guy Taylor.)

 

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7 Replies to “NIGERIAN CHRISTIANS TARGETED FOR PERSECUTION, ASK U.S. TO HELP”

  1. We cry out to You, Father. When one suffers, we all share in the suffering. We command this situation with Leah and the other hostages to work together for Your glory and for their good. Sustain Leah in her commitment to You. Pour out Your grace and mercy upon her. Let the fear of God bring terror to anyone who would harm her. Let her light so shine among the abductors that they are brought to repentance. Your light shines brightest in the darkest places. Bring Your light and Your kingdom to bear in Northern Nigeria. Establish Your kingdom in the midst of Boko Haram and the Fulani herdsmen. We pray grace and peace and supernatural peace upon Leah’s prayers. Comfort them and direct their hearts into paths of peace and great faith. Let Your shalom rest upon them and Leah and all the others who are currently held captive. Let angels be assigned to minister to them and to bring them forth out of captivity. We plead the blood of the Lamb over our Christian family.

  2. I am praying. Holy Spirit minister healing even now. Protect the mind, the heart and the body. Preserve their purity in faith to stay faithful. May the battle in the heavenlies be be completed and the terrorists throw down their weapons snd ideaologies and cry out for the living God.

  3. Dear Loving and Compassionate and the only True and Living God,
    I pray for Leah and for her family and for all the people who are being persecuted in Nigeria.
    May they all truly know You personally, as Savior, that, at the very least, they are not being tortured with no Biblical Heaven to look forward to. Please help all of Leah’s family and friends to cling to You to the very end. Please send confusion to the enemies of You and of Nigerians. Please cause their plans to fall apart. Please bring some of them to Yourself and the others to just punishment. Please give Nigerians a time of peace, during which Your Holy Spirit brings Your people to even greater maturity and brings many more people into Your fold – forever. Meanwhile, if Leah is alive and somewhat cognizant, please comfort her, be with her day and night. Thank You.

    1. Please also give her family peace and comfort and joys. Please speak to our government people to inquire of You ways to help stop the enemies of Nigerians and to bring relief to the suffering Nigerians. Please put into the hearts and minds of our government people to also help Leah and her family. Thank You, God Almighty.

  4. We must pray more for the persecuted Christians!!! We live in a secure society thank God & they serve the same God we do. Pray confusion in the camp of God’s people’s enemies & for deliverance for the persecuted. Amen!

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