Two congregations in Nigeria are mourning the death of their pastor after three days of violence across four states.
Unidentified attackers shot Pastor Michael Akawu on a Saturday night in Gwagwalada, Abuja – just a few hours before suspected Fulani murdered Pastor Hosea Akuchi at his church in Guguwa, Kaduna. Pastor Hosea’s widow, Talatu, was kidnapped: her family have received a 5m Naira (about £10,000) ransom demand.
At least 65 other people were killed in attacks on villages in Plateau and Borno states over the same weekend and the following day.
Please pray for all those mourning loved ones in Nigeria.
The heaviest toll was in Malari village in Borno state, where 63 people died on August 20, apparently at the hands of Boko Haram. Two people were shot dead in the Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau state – one by Fulani herdsmen and one allegedly by security personnel tasked with protecting the village from attack.
The Christian Association of Nigeria called the security situation ‘reprehensible’ and urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the security agencies to bring an end to the ‘senseless killings’.
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- Ask God to bind up the broken-hearted and the grief-stricken. Pray that Talatu will be restored to her family quickly and ask God to provide for them.
- Pray that President Buhari and Nigeria’s parliament and military will act with one accord and firm resolve to end the bloodshed in northern and central Nigeria.
- Lift up in prayer the Fulani and Boko Haram militants suspected of involvement in these attacks – and pray they will turn away from violence. Find out more about our #Pray50 campaign.
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