Boko Haram kills Nigerian pastor amid upsurge in violence

Boko Haram insurgents killed Nigerian pastor Lawan Andimi on Jan. 20.  

Andimi, who had been kidnapped by the terrorist group Jan. 3, led a local chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), according to Today.NG.

Boko Haram, loyal to the Islamic State, is resurging in northeast Nigeria, with splinter groups believed responsible for several deaths since December, according to news reports.

The terrorists are suspected in the Dec. 26, 2019, murder of a Christian woman and her two bridesmaids as they traveled from Borno to Adamawa for her wedding, ordering the women from a vehicle and beheading them as they professed Christianity, Morning Star News reported Jan. 13. Eight other Christians also were killed that day, according to Naga Williams Mohammed, chairman of the Borno State chapter of CAN.

On Dec. 24, Boko Haram killed 11 Christian captives in Borno, Today.NG reported. 

Nigeria is the most violent country for persecuted Christians, according to the 2020 World Watch List released recently by Open Doors USA. The list ranks Nigeria at No. 12 among the top 50 countries where it’s hardest to be a Christian. 

According to Open Doors, Nigeria led the world in Christian martyrdoms, with 1,350 confirmed, and in Christian abductions, with 224 confirmed, during the list’s reporting period from November 2018 to October 2019. (TAB)