The Center for Early African Christianity LogoThe Center for Early African Christianity Logo

Center for Early African Christianity Logo
Perpetua and Felicitas

Over 70 Christians Killed in Nigeria

Jan. 28, 2014

by Joel Elowsky

According to the BBC news service, this past weekend over 70 Christians were killed in Northern Nigeria. The killings were blamed on Boko Haram, whose name means "Western Education is Forbidden. Around 50 were killed in a market in the village of Kawuri in Borno state with more than 20 also killed Waga Chakawa in Adamawa State on Sunday. For the full story from the BBC, please follow this link
During the previous week's seminar on early African Christianity at the Nigerian Baptist Seminary students shared personal experiences of dealing with Boko Haram: being stopped in the street and asked to recite the Shahada or Islam which is essentially the creed of Islam. Others told of their pastor being killed along with serious injuries to his wife while the children looked on in horror, hidden from view. Parallels between life of Christians today and in the early martyrs of the church in North Africa.