For the first time, Nigeria Christians had the opportunity recently to recount their ordeals at the hands of Boko Harm Islamist terrorists who have in recent times, unleashed terror on Nigerian Christians, security personal and government functionaries.
The forum was provided at the National Christian Centre, Abuja by an organization, the Christian Association of Nigeria and Americas (CANA) who arranged a press conference there to listen to anguished testimonies by Nigerian Christians of the grisly killing of their members by Boko Haram terrorists.
Some of the accounts were so blood-chilling that many in the audience broke down in tears, lamenting the inability of the Nigerian government to shield its citizens from such brutality by Islamist terrorists.
Mr Habila Adamu, of Potiskum Local Government Area, Yobe State, a staunch Christian, narrated how a gang of terrorists bearing AK 47 guns stormed his house telling him that they had come “to do the work of allah”.
The “work of allah” they had come to do was to query him for remaining a professed Christian “while we are preaching the gospel of Mohammed to you and you refused to accept Mohammed”.
For that the terrorists shot him at the nose when he refused to denounce Christianity but through the miraculous and mysterious work of God in whom Adamu faithfully believed, he eventually survived with his wife and children although he said his Christian neighbour, an elder, was killed together with his children on that occasion.
Another victim, Mrs Deborah Shettima of Borno State, a member of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (CBN) said boko haram operatives killed her husband, took away their two children and returned three months later to kill her son.
Pastor Sarana Chinda equally told the audience of how eight members of his Church, All Saints Protestant Church, Haura Wanki, Kano were killed by the terrorists in cruel circumstances as he asked for government assistance for the affected families and to beef up security in the whole of Kano State.
The testimonies given by others were also pathetic, arousing continuous sessions of weeping as the narrations lasted.
Even the tough former Minister of Education as well as former Vice President of the World Bank and also a trustee of the organization, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, could not hold back her tears during her remarks.
She likened happenings in Nigeria at the moment to what happened in Rwanda warning that “it didn’t end well”.
While announcing the donation of $50,000 to assist victims of Boko Haram terrorist attacks, the President of CANA, Dr. James Fadele, argued that “if backers of terrorists are raising money to perpetrate acts of terror, supporters of, and advocates of peace can no longer look the other way” as he called for support for CAN to assist victims of the terrorist attacks.