A Christian woman and the wife of a local Nigerian pastor was stabbed to death by attackers last week, reports say, allegedly because she insulted the Muslim Prophet Muhammad.
CHR Comment: Bridget Abahime was 74-years old and the most recent target of violence against Christians in this nation that is half Christian and half Islamic. The article also describes the deaths of hundreds of Christian farmers at the hands of Islamic Fulani herdsman since there are disputes over land in the Benue region.
Source: Pastor’s Wife Stabbed to Death in Nigeria for Allegedly Insulting Prophet Muhammad
The first of the over 200 Christian schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria, kidnapped by terror group Boko Haram nearly two years ago, has been found with a baby and reunited with her family, igniting hope for the parents of the other girls as well.
CHR Comment: The Chibok schoolgirls were kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014. The young mother pictured above is the first to appear out of the Sambisa Forest where the girls were taken, though she reported that the others were still there except those who had died. The man who appeared with the Chibok schoolgirl claimed to be her husband. It is believed that kidnapped and enslaved Christian girls were taken as brides for the militants.
Many news organizations carried this story but did not report that the girls were Christians.
Source: First Christian Chibok Schoolgirl Rescued After 2 Years of Being Enslaved by Boko Haram
Move over, “Christ the Redeemer.” A new giant statue of Jesus is about to be unveiled in a Nigerian village. Dubbed “Jesus de Greatest,” . . .
CHR Comment: Nigerian businessman, Obinna Onuoha, commissioned the 28 foot statute to be placed outside of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, which is located in the southern, Christian portion of Nigeria. It will not be near the location of the numerous Boko Haram attacks that occur mostly in the north and east portions of the country. It will be the largest statue of Jesus in Africa.
Source: The world is about to get a new giant Jesus statue
A gas tanker truck ignited an inferno at a crowded industrial gas plant in Nigeria, killing scores of people lining up to refill their cooking gas cylinders.
CHR Comment: Member of the Nnewi community were lined up to refill their gas cooking cylinders so they could cook their Christmas meals when the truck exploded. More than 100 people died. Nnewi is in southeastern Nigeria.
Source: Gas tanker truck fire kills scores in Nigeria
They were once bitter foes. But two Nigerians, a Christian and an Muslim, are now preaching unity.
CHR Comment: Terrorism has been most deadly in Nigeria in 2015 due to the activities of Boko Haram, which persecutes Christians but also Muslims and other religious persons that disagree with them. The pastor and Imam pictured here run a mediation center together in an effort to foster peace and understanding in their nation.
Source: A pastor and an imam ‘programmed to hate one another’ bridge a religious divide | Public Radio International
A blast killed in Nigeria killed 32 people and wounded 80 Tuesday at a truck stop in northeastern Nigeria, an emergency official said.
CHR Comment: Yola is a regional capital and a community with many Christians since, for example, it is the location of Concordia College, a school founded by the Lutheran Church. This latest bombing, however, targeted a mosque since Boko Haram also attacks Muslims who do not support their movement.
Source: 32 dead in Nigeria blast blamed on Boko Haram
Writer Tolu Ogunlesi describes the interactions of Christian and Muslim groups in Nigeria in recent decades.
Nigeria’s Internal Struggles – NYTimes.com.