Boko Haram Releases Video of Kidnapped Nigerian Pastor Pleading for Help

Farrukh Saif

July 1, 2024

Kidnapped Nigerian Pastor Pleading for Help

On June 28, 2024, the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram released a disturbing video featuring Pastor Paul Musa, who was abducted in March 2023 along with his wife, Ruth. The video, shared on social media, shows the pastor pleading for his life while an armed, masked individual stands nearby.

Pastor Musa, 59, and his wife were kidnapped from their church premises in Gamboru Ngala, Borno state, near the Cameroon border. The couple’s disappearance was first noticed when their daughter found their room empty one night. Since their abduction, there had been no information about their whereabouts until the emergence of this video.

In a previous video released in May 2024, Pastor Musa appealed to the Nigerian government and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) for urgent intervention. He expressed dismay at the apparent lack of action from the government and his denomination, the Church of Christ in Nations (COCIN), despite his nearly 29 years in ministry.

The pastor’s plea highlights the dire situation Christians face in Nigeria. According to the 2024 World Watch List Report by Open Doors, Nigeria remains the deadliest country for Christians, with 4,118 believers killed for their faith between October 2022 and September 2023. The country also recorded the highest number of Christian kidnappings globally, with 3,300 cases in the same period.

This incident shows the ongoing threat faced by Christians in Nigeria from extremist Islamic groups like Boko Haram. It also raises questions about the effectiveness of government efforts to protect religious minorities and combat terrorism in the region.

Farrukh Saif

Farrukh H. Saif, a courageous Christian human rights activist, established the Farrukh Saif Foundation in 2009 to confront religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, and bonded slavery in Pakistan. His dedication to liberating bonded laborers from brick kilns and advocating for blasphemy victims and asylum seekers has garnered international acclaim. Despite encountering threats and fatwas, his impactful work persists in supporting marginalized communities. In 2018, the foundation merged with The Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved, enhancing its global outreach.

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