The incident happened last Thursday (7 September), when Fulani militants arrived at the rectory of St Raphael’s Catholic Church to kidnap the priest. But after being unable to enter the building, they set it ablaze. Most people escaped. However, Na’aman Stephen Danlami suffered severe burns and he died of asphyxiation (deprivation of oxygen).
In Nigeria, kidnapping for ransom is rife, especially in the Middle Belt and the north of the country. It affects both Christians and Muslims, but the former are especially vulnerable to such incidents.
It’s part of the escalating violence facing Christians not only in Nigeria but across sub-Saharan Africa, and why the
campaign – which began earlier this year – is crucial in raising prayer, awareness and support.
International Day of Prayer
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Nov 5, 2023
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