It id very disheartening to note how a Nigerian Pastor, David Usman and the church secretary Hamman Andrew were killed in the north-eastern town of Maiduguri, Borno state capital by Boko Haram Muslim militants who have been blamed for several recent bomb attacks.
This ugly incident is contained in a report by the Release International (www.releaseinternational.org) a United Kingdom (UK) registered charity noting that the attacks have been widely interpreted as a protest against April’s national elections which returned Christian incumbent Dr. Goodluck JonathanDr. Goodluck Jonathan to power.
Quoting BBC, Christian Today and Compass Direct News, Release said a bomb attack on an army barracks in Maiduguri on May 29 killed 15 people and a series of seven bombs on June 7 including an attack on St. Patrick’s Church which killed three people.
According to Release, Pastor David, 45, is described as a gentle and jovial man, and was shot in an area of Maiduguri called the Railway Quarters, where his church is based, on June 7. He had reportedly raised the problem of Boko Haram with his superiors and commented that the Government needed to do more to stamp out this threat.
“This was the second time Boko Haram had targeted Pastor David’s church, a Church of Christ in Nigeria congregation. In July 2009, militants set fire to their building and killed several church members,” it stated.
It observed that Boko Haram claimed responsibility for bomb attacks on the Plateau state capital, Jos, on Christmas Eve and that another pastor in Maiduguri, Rev Titus Dama Pona of the Evangelical Church Winning All, told Compass Direct news agency that recent violence had left Christians in fear of their lives.