After Christians in Nigeria prayed and demanded for the release of Bishop Joseph Masin who was kidnapped by gunmen in his house in Bukan Sidi area in the state capital of Lafia.
The Bishop was released by his abductors at about 11.00 pm on Saturday, May 30 and was reunited to his family at about 02:00 am on Sunday, May 31 – It is a great relief to CAN which had urged the Nigerian security forces to prevent the loss of a second Christian leader in less than six months.
The persecution and killing of Christians in the country continue to increase daily especially in the Northern and middle east of the country as Boko Haram insurgents and Fulani Herdsmen are seen as the major perpetuators.
The Christian Association Nigeria (CAN) through her media department led by Pastor Adebayo Oladeji, noted that the kidnappers demanded for 20 million Niara ransom about $52,000 for the release of the Bishop who is also the chairman for the association in Nasarawa state.
“Since we have no police of our own and we are trying as much as possible to avoid chaotic situations, we are placing a demand on the federal government and the Nasarawa State Government to ensure the safety and immediate release of Bishop Masin before it is too late.”
Though it has not be indicated if the ransom was paid or not.
Also, Boko Haram insurgent abducted the chairman of CAN Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Rev.
Lawan Andimi who appeared in video where the terrorist group were demanding for ransom but it was the pastor was said to have been executed because the Christian community could not raise enough funds to meet the ransom demands. Additionally, sources said that Andimi refused to renounce his faith in Christ.
“We will not accept losing another state Chairman … while our security agencies appeared powerless, helpless …,” CAN said.
Recently, a nongovernmental organization in Nigeria reported that over 620 Christians have been killed in first five months of this year as the Christians especially those in the north continue to face fierce persecution by the Islamic extremist groups who are basically Boko Haram and Fulani Herdsmen.
The two senators from Iowa Senator Joni Ernst and Senators Chuck Grassley wrote a letter to president Trump to send special aid in rescue of persecuted Christians in the country. The letter stated that 40,000 Nigerians have died at the hands of Boko Haram, an Islamic terrorist organization, asserting that Christians need more protection.
Two years ago, President Trump told Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure the safety of “innocent civilians of all faiths.”
Nigeria ranks as the 12th worst nation in the world when it comes to Christian persecution on Open Doors USA’s 2020 World Watch List.