A Christian pastor who was seen praising God in a ransom video has now been executed by Boko Haram Jihadists in Nigeria reports The Christian Post.
Lawan Andimi was kidnapped after a Jihadist raid, and videos emerged which appeared to show him being taken away.
Despite being faced with this situation, a video was released which showed the man praising God.
“By the grace of God, I will be together with my wife and my children and all my colleagues” and “if the opportunity has not been granted, maybe it is the will of God.” he said.
Now it has been revealed that the man was brutally slaughtered because of refusing to renounce his faith.
Journalist Ahmad Salkida reported that the pastor was beheaded in an “appalling executions”.
“They have slaughtered him in Sambisa forest…They murdered him because he refused to renounce his faith. And because they couldn’t raise the money for his ransom.” a source told the U.S.-based nonprofit organization Save the Persecuted Christians.
The local source also said that Lawan Andimi’s captors had demanded 2 million euros in exchange for his release, however, the church community was only able to raise about 5000 euros.
There has been a worrying amount of attacks committed by Boko Haram recently, which according to the Chief Executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide, an U.N accredited NGO, should “cause alarm worldwide.”
Boko Haram is accused of carrying out an attack on the 22nd of December on two passenger buses. Muslim passengers are said to have been released, whereas Christian passengers were separated by gender. Reports are that three men were killed, and three women were kidnapped.
The U.S. State Department has for the first time place Nigeria on its “special watch list” of countries that have engaged in or tolerated severe violations of religious freedom.
“We are designating [Nigeria] special watch list for the first time because of all of the increasing violence and communal activity and the lack of effective government response and the lack of judicial cases being brought forward in that country,” said Sam Brownback, U.S. Ambassador-at-large for International Religious Freedom.
Nigeria ranks as the 12th worst country in the world when it comes to Christian persecution according to Open Doors USA, a Christian organization that tracks Christian Persecution. Open Doors USA was founded by “Brother Andrew”, famous for smuggling Bibles into Communist USSR. According to the organization, Christians in Nigeria “suffer from violence perpetrated by Islamic extremist groups such as militant Fulani herdsmen and Boko Haram.”