ABUJA, Nigeria — In separate incidents, a Nigerian pastor’s two sons were killed and his daughter abducted, and two ministers were slain for their faith.
In Nigeria’s Adamawa State on July 6, gunmen invaded the home of Daniel Umaru, murdering his two sons — Fanye, 23, and Kefrey, 19 — and kidnapping his 13-year-old daughter, Ijagla, relief group Barnabas Fund reported.
Umaru was in critical condition with gunshot wounds, and his wife was in a shock-induced coma following the attack.
Adamawa State’s governor, Ahmadu Fintiri, sent security personnel to rescue the daughter.
At the funeral for her two slain sons Umaru’s wife said, “I have forgiven those behind these killings and abductions.”
The captors released Ijagla after the funeral, Barnabas Fund reported.
In Kaduna state, minister Vitus Borogo was attacked and killed June 25 on his farm. In Edo state the next day, assailants abducted minister Christopher Odia. One abductor fatally shot him as police attempted a rescue.
On July 2 ministers Peter Udo and Philemon Oboh were abducted along Edo state’s Benin-Auchi expressway, Barnabas Fund reported.
Nigeria is No. 7 on Open Doors’ 2022 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian. Morning Star News reports Nigeria has led the world in the number of Christians killed or kidnapped for their faith.