The boko haram, sect has reportedly executed the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, in Michika Local Government Area of Adamawa State, Lawan Andimi. This was made known on Tuesday, by Ahmed Salkida, a Journalist known to have access to boko haram.
He tweeted: “To break some news items can traumatise. I am battling with one of such. Reverend Andimi, abducted by boko haram, was executed yesterday. Rev. Andimi was a Church Leader, a father to his children and the community he served. My condolences go to his family.” Andimi’s disappearance followed a foiled attack on Michika Local Government Area, in Adamawa, by boko haram. In a video, Andimi, while pleading with the authorities, commended his captors for treating him well. He urged his family members to pray for his release, adding that, if he is not released, maybe it is the will of God.
Andimi said: “I have never being discouraged, because all conditions that one finds himself is in the hand of God. “God who makes them to take care of me and to leave my life, will still work and He will touch them. “I am appealing to my colleagues, particularly my President, and my Governor, for my release. “These people have been doing me well, they provide my every need, they have not done anything wrong to me, so I believe that God who made them to act in such a way to me, will make all arrangements for me to leave here. “By the grace of God, I will be together with my wife and children. If the opportunity is not granted, maybe it is the will of God. “I urge you all to be patient, do not cry, do not worry, but thank God for everything.”
President Muhammadu Buhari had responded to a statement by the CAN, which accused his government of not doing enough to stop the persecution of Christians in Nigeria. The President of CAN, Rev. Dr. Samson Ayokunle, in a strong statement, urged the Federal Government to deploy every necessarily available resource at its disposal, to ensure that all Christians in the captivity of boko haram and ISWAP terrorists, are released. Buhari however, in a statement signed by his Spokesman, Garba Shehu, assured CAN and other Nigerians that the Security forces are working endlessly to secure the release of hostages in boko haram captivity. The President appealed to Nigerians not to see terrorist attacks and plans, as a religious fight or persecution of Christians, adding that, “not seeing terrorists as they should be, is exactly what they wish, to divide Nigerians”.