NIGERIA – Christian Association of Nigeria demands answers after Boko Haram kills pastor

CP | Samuel Smith | January 22, 2020

The Christian Association of Nigeria is demanding answers from the Nigerian government as the interdenominational body calls for three days of prayer and fasting after the execution of one of its leaders. 

Following the beheading of Rev. Lawan Andimi at the hands of Boko Haram Monday, CAN issued sharp words of criticism for the Nigerian federal government due to its inability to thwart attacks and abductions carried out against Christians by Boko Haram and the Islamic State’s West Africa Province in Nigeria’s northeast. 

Andimi, a Church of the Brethren pastor and chairman of CAN’s chapter in the Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, was abducted by alleged Boko Haram militants in early January. 

Days later he appeared in a ransom video pleading with church and government leaders to secure his release. However, the pastor was said to have been executed because the underserved Christian community could not raise enough funds to meet the ransom demands of his captors. Additionally, sources say that Andimi refused to renounce his faith in Christ. 

“We recall sadly that Late Rev. Lawan Andimi while in captivity made a passionate appeal to the leadership of his church and the federal government to come to his rescue,” a CAN statement issued by CAN’s Director of Legal and Public Affairs, Kwamkur Samuel Vondip, reads.  

“The church did everything within her reach to secure the safe release of this pastor gentleman but it was not possible because they didn’t have the military power to do so.”

The CAN statement, obtained by The Chrisitian Post, also mourned the killing of Lutheran Pastor Denis Bagauri, who was killed in his home Sunday by unknown gunmen.