THE chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria, the Revd Lawan Andimi, has been murdered by a faction of the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram.
A video showing the killing of Mr Andimi was sent to an investigative journalist, Ahmed Salkida, in Nigeria. Mr Salkida wrote on Twitter: “To break some news items can traumatize. I’m battling with one of such. Reverend Andimi, abducted by #BokoHaram 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.”
Mr Andimi, who was married with nine children, was abducted on 2 January, when terrorists raided his town and forced him into a vehicle. A video was later posted online in which he urged the president of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria, the Revd Joel Billy, to secure his release.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) confirmed Mr Andimi’s death. Its chief executive, Mervyn Thomas, condemned the murder, describing him as a “an uncommonly courageous man, who, despite knowing death was a very real prospect, maintained a calm and deep faith”.
CSW has urged the UK government to raise the subject of increasing levels of attacks by Boko Haram with the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari.