Nigeria: Wounded pastor shot dead in cold blood while raising alarm of Fulani militant attack

September 23, 2020

Christian persecution in Nigeria: the pitiless murder of Pastor Alubara Audu is yet another example of the gratuitous violence to which Christians in that country are subjected on what is now practically a daily basis. This crisis has grown in the face of continued inaction from the Nigerian government and law enforcement apparatus. Muslim Fulani herdsmen, as well as the terrorist group Boko Haram, terrorize and kill Christians in Nigeria with impunity. And when they do, there is in almost all cases little or no significant response from the Nigerian government or military. The Fulani herdsmen have made the situation of Christians in Nigeria a human rights catastrophe of immense proportions.

The Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle, Archons of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, continues to implore the United Nations and the governments of all nations that are committed to human rights and religious freedom to make the plight of Nigeria’s Christians a top priority. The Christians of Nigeria are walking the way of the Cross. May our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ also bless them with the joy of a resurrection and new flourishing of their communities.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in Nigeria from, see here.

“Wounded Nigerian pastor shot dead in cold blood while raising alarm of Fulani militant attack,” Barnabas Fund, September 15, 2020:

A Nigerian pastor, already wounded in a Fulani militant attack, was shot multiple times by the gunmen as he attempted to warn his Adara Christian community, in Kaduna State, of the impending raid on Sunday, 6 September.

Pastor Alubara Audu heard voices close to his home at 2 a.m. and attempted to raise the alarm for the residents of Buda village, Kajuru local government area. As they fled, the pastor was shot and fell to the ground.

Despite being wounded, the pastor continued to shout out to the other villagers to flee, until the gunmen shot him multiple times at close range.

“He too tried to run but because of the wound he could not run far,” said Pastor Alubara’s brother, Umar. “They were soon on him and shot him several times,” he added.

Pastor Alubara, 45, leaves a widow, Amina, two sons and two daughters.

Two other villagers killed in the attack were father-of-four Adamu Tata, 40, and Ishaku Peter, 37, who leaves five children….

Christians from the Adara tribe, one of the largest ethnic groups in Kaduna state, in Nigeria’s Middle Belt, have suffered kidnapping, robbery and murderous attacks mainly by the Muslim-majority Hausa-Fulani in recent years. At least 12,480 members of the Adara, who are about two-thirds Christian and about 7% Muslim, have been forced to flee their homes because of the violence….