03/27/2019 Nigeria (International Christian Concern) – Christians in the Middle Belt and Northern regions of Nigeria are being consistently attacked by extremist groups such as Boko Haram and militant Fulani herdsman. In response, the Nigerian government and most major media outlets have largely turned a blind eye to the issue.
According the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) more than 300 Christians have been killed by extremists in February and March of this year alone.
Amidst this devastation, a group of 76 Muslim-background Christians were kidnapped by Boko Haram, held captive, and tortured. The militants chose four men from the group and commanded them at gunpoint to renounce Jesus Christ and proclaim Islam. The men were then shot in front of their friends and families for refusing.
Shortly thereafter, the militants informed the wives of the four men that if they refused to renounce their faith, then they would shoot their children. Throughout the night, the mothers were restless until their children approached them saying that Jesus had spoken to them and said that “all would be well”. He did not want the mothers to renounce Him because “He is the way, the truth and the life”.
According to the survivors, the next morning the children were lined up in front of the firing squad. When asked to renounce Jesus, the mothers refused. The extremists proceeded to take aim. Then, they started screaming and shouting in fear. Some of the militants ran away whilst others appeared to have dropped dead. One of the prisoners tried to pick up a rifle that had been abandoned to shoot at the militants that were fleeing, but a child stopped him and told him that he didn’t need to fight.
The entire group, except for the four men who were executed, managed to safely escape and relocate to a safer region of Nigeria. According to the survivors, the Lord worked in a miraculous way on behalf of these people in Nigeria.