'Maybe it is God's Will': Christian Pastor Beheaded by ISIS in Nigeria

Published January 23rd, 2020 - 07:16 GMT
Reverend Lawan Andimi, a Christian pastor, pictured in a still from a Boko Haram video released before he was killed. Mr Andimi was abducted by the terror group earlier this month. (Video Screenshot)
Reverend Lawan Andimi, a Christian pastor, pictured in a still from a Boko Haram video released before he was killed. Mr Andimi was abducted by the terror group earlier this month. (Video Screenshot)
Highlights
The terror group followed up Mr Andimi's killing with an attack on his hometown.

A Christian pastor has been beheaded by Islamists in Nigeria, days after begging for his life in a Boko Haram video.

A human rights activist also said other extremists attacked his hometown on the same day.

Reverend Lawan Andimi was abducted earlier this month when Boko Haram militants attacked the Michika local government area, where he was the chairman of a local chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria. He was killed on Monday.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari condemned Mr Andimi's death, calling it 'cruel, inhuman and deliberately provocative'.

He tweeted: 'I am greatly saddened by the fact that the terrorists went on to kill him even while giving signals of a willingness to set him free by releasing him to third parties.'

Osai Ojigho, director of Amnesty International in Nigeria, called it 'appalling' that Boko Haram followed up Mr Andimi's killing on Monday with an attack on his hometown in the Chibok local government area of northeastern Borno state.

 

In the footage, Mr Andimi said 'all conditions that one finds himself is in the hand of God.' 

He said: 'By the grace of God, I will be together with my wife and my children and all my colleagues.

'If the opportunity has not been granted, maybe it is the will of God.' 

In April 2014, 276 girls were abducted from the Government Secondary School in Chibok.

More than 100 are still missing nearly six years later.

Mr Andimi is the latest Christian to be killed by Boko Haram or a breakaway faction that has ties to the Islamic State group.

Last Friday, the Islamic State's West Africa Province, known as ISWAP, released a video which showed a hooded child with a pistol in their hand killing a Christian man.

On Christmas Day, Iswap killed nine Christians along with two other captives.

Boko Haram and Iswap want to enforce strict Islamic law in Nigeria and have reportedly forced some captives to convert to Islam under threat of death.

Nigeria's Christian community is calling on their government to do more to protect them.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


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