An Ethiopian Christian man revealed that he was taken and ordered at gunpoint by masked assailants to murder two of his friends, Christian pastors, or else his three children will be killed.
"I was commanded to follow the instruction of four covered, armed, persons who spoke in the Oromo language. I was also slapped two times and asked to kneel down. They put their pistol in my mouth and gave me instructions to kill pastors Girma Hippo and Endezina," Aman Kuni told the International Christian Concern, a persecution watchdog group.
Kuni was reportedly told by the assailants to carry out the murders in three months time, after which he was told he would be rewarded with an easier life abroad — but if he refused, he was told his three children would be murdered. more >>
A Nigerian pastor was arrested at his church this week over an alleged attempt to export over $3 million worth of narcotic drugs to South Africa from a Lagos airport.
"Prophet" Michael Raji, 60, the resident pastor of the Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim at Agodo-Egbe in Lagos, Nigeria, was arrested by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for allegedly being part of a wanted drug syndicate operating in Nigeria, Ghana and South Africa.
Raji was taken into custody following the interception of the drugs at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport during pre-shipment examination. more >>
The Foundation for African Heritage, a coalition of non-governmental organizations in Nigeria, has pushed back against suggestions by a United Nations organization that the pregnant women and girls rescued from Boko Haram be allowed to undergo abortions, which is illegal in most cases under local law.
Nigeria's This Day Live reported that FACH's Sonnie Ekwowusi described the suggestions to legalize abortion by the United Nations Population Funds as 'unconscionable, inhuman and scandalous.' He said that what the girls need instead is real healthcare, social welfare and counseling services that will help them be reintegrated and re-absorbed in the society.
Ekwowusi added that the women, kidnapped from various villages during Boko Haram's raids, have suffered 'unspeakable trauma, dehumanisation and violence' at the hands of the Islamic militants, and it would be wrong to subject them to the 'traumatic, violent-wrecking and life-threatening' abortion process. more >>
President Barack Obama has been urged by the Evangelical Alliance of Kenya, comprised of 700 pastors, not to "preach" and impose his views in support of same-sex marriage on the Kenyan people when he visits the African country in July.
"We would like to send a strong message to the U.S. president that the homosexuality debate should not become part of his agenda, as it has been his tendency whenever he comes to Africa," Bishop Mark Kariuki of the Evangelical Alliance, told the Kenyan Daily Nation newspaper on Monday.
"[Obama] should respect the faith, culture and people of Kenya when he comes in July," he added. "He should not put [homosexuality] as one of his main agenda[s] in the country." more >>
The Coptic Catholic Bishop of Assiut has condemned the death sentence handed down by the Egyptian court to former President Mohamed Morsi, despite the oppression and incitement of deadly crimes committed against Christians during his rule. Anba Kyrillos William said that the church does not compromise on defending life, which he called an "inviolable right."
"The Church respects the independence of the judiciary, but believes that life is an inviolable right, and remains opposed to the death penalty. The fact is that this type of sentence is still contemplated in the Egyptian legal order," William told Fides News Agency.
At least 70 Christians were killed in a central state in Nigeria in the past month, not by the Boko Haram terror group, but by gun-wielding Fulani Muslim herdsmen, who continue to burn church buildings and houses, even as newspapers remain silent about this emerging security threat.
More than 70 Christians have been slaughtered in the central Plateau State in the past month, Morning Star News reported Thursday, listing the attacks.
Most recently, the Muslim herdsmen killed at least seven Christians in attacks Monday (May 11) in Riyom Local Government Area, or LGA. more >>