The rumor made social media rounds within the final couple of months. A spokesman for Voice of the Martyrs Canada, Greg Musselman provides some context: “A few 12 months and a half in the past, February of 2018, Leah was kidnapped together with over 100 ladies (within the northwest a part of Nigeria, in Yobi state), by the Boko Haram. Finally, all the ladies have been launched besides Leah as a result of she refused to announce her religion in Jesus.”
Yeah, however are you able to imagine the federal government?
President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration formally denies the story of Sharibu’s reported loss of life, however his monitor document with Christians creates a credibility problem. Amnesty Worldwide fiercely criticized Buhari for his inaction on safety points. Musselman agrees.
“The federal government will not be at all times reliable. The larger problem is that they haven’t been in a position to safe her launch. That is been a tough state of affairs, after which there’s additionally the ongoing killing of Christians.”
Nonetheless, the federal authorities says it’s in talks with Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) about Leah’s launch, and that is hopeful information. “There’s no reason for them to say that she’s alive if she wasn’t. I think they would then condemn the Boko Haram for needlessly killing this young lady.”
The face of the Church
Leah symbolizes the vulnerability of Christian girls in northern Nigeria. Ladies are sometimes doubly focused: as soon as for being Christian, and once more for being a girl, in keeping with an Open Doorways USA report.
Nigeria is quantity 12 on the 2019 World Watch Listing, Open Doorways’ annual rating of the 50 international locations the place Christians face probably the most excessive persecution. In Nigeria, it is coming from two teams: the Boko Haram (a part of which has cut up off to change into ISWAP), and the Fulani herdsmen.
It doesn’t matter what occurs within the talks, the foundation trigger will not be land rights or spiritual rights. This downside goes a lot deeper. Musselman explains, “It’s not just Christians that are being persecuted by the Islamists; it’s also any group of Muslims that don’t go along with their form of Islam (which is a more radical Sharia law-type Islam). So people get caught in the physical battle, but it’s a spiritual battle as well.”
What we will do
VOM-Canada helps the prevailing physique of Christ in Nigeria. They work with in-country ministry companions to facilitate abilities coaching for 70 widows whose husbands died for his or her Christian religion. They’ve additionally joined forces with a United Kingdom-based ministry companion to construct a medical clinic in a persecution’ scorching zone’. Their help permits the native church to be the arms and toes of Christ in tough areas.
We are able to additionally pray. Pray not just for ministry but in addition for the federal government leaders as they deal with terrorism. Musselman urges us to ask God to grant knowledge, braveness, power, and assist. Pray for the Sharibu household, for the facility to maintain the religion as they wait. And at last, “We need to be praying for Leah. She is somebody that is an example of standing strong for Christ and refusing to bow down to anything that does not glorify God.”
(Headline picture courtesy Marco Verch/Flickr/CC)