Tragic Attack on Christians in Nigeria: Pastor and Four Others Killed by Islamic Militants

Farrukh Saif

June 7, 2024

Three Christians Killed in Nigeria.

Plateau State, Nigeria – June 5, 2024 – In a devastating incident that shocked the Christians in Nigeria, Islamic militants attacked a Christian community in Plateau State, resulting in the deaths of an Assemblies of God pastor, his wife, and three other church members. This brutal attack comes just a week after peace talks were held between the conflicting groups. This raises serious concerns about the effectiveness of these negotiations and the safety of Christians in the region.

The Attack:

The attack occurred in the early hours of June 5, 2024, when armed assailants stormed the community, targeting the pastor’s residence and the homes of other church members. The pastor, whose identity has not been disclosed for security reasons, was killed alongside his wife and three other members of the church. Eyewitnesses reported that the attackers were heavily armed and carried out the assault with precision, leaving little chance for the victims to escape.

Community Reaction:

The Evangelical Church Winning All (ECWA) in Plateau State has condemned the attack in the strongest terms, calling for an immediate and thorough investigation into the killings. In a statement, the church expressed its deep sorrow and called on the government to take urgent measures to protect Christian communities from such violent attacks.” We are heartbroken by this senseless act of violence against our brothers and sisters in Christ. This attack is not just an attack on individuals but on the entire Christian community. We call on the authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice and to ensure the safety of all citizens, regardless of their faith,” the statement read.

Ongoing Violence Against Christians:

This tragic incident is part of a disturbing pattern of violence against Christians in Nigeria, particularly in the northern and central regions of the country. Islamic extremist groups such as Boko Haram, Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), and Fulani militants have been responsible for numerous attacks on Christian communities, leading to thousands of deaths and displacements over the years.

Despite efforts to broker peace between the conflicting groups, including recent peace talks, the violence has continued unabated. The attack in Plateau State underscores the urgent need for more effective measures to protect vulnerable communities and to address the root causes of the conflict.

Calls for Action:

We called on the Nigerian government and the international community to take decisive action to end the violence and to hold the perpetrators accountable. We are also calling for increased security measures in vulnerable areas and for more support for the victims of these attacks. The international community must not turn a blind eye to the suffering of Christians in Nigeria.

We need urgent action to stop these atrocities and to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice. The Nigerian government must also do more to protect its citizens and to promote peace and reconciliation,” said a spokesperson for a leading human rights organization.

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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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