Nigerian Pastor Killed For His Faith In Kaduna State

Nigerian soldiers and police officers stand at the entrance of the Federal College of Forestry Mechanisation in Mando, Kaduna state, on March 12, 2021, after a kidnap gang stormed the school shooting indiscriminately on March 11, 2021. | AFP via Getty Images/BOSAN YAKUSAK

This past Sunday, armed terrorists killed three believers in Kaduna State, Northwest Nigeria, following an invasion of their mostly Christian village. Terrorists entered the village in the early hours of the morning, catching the sleeping villagers by complete surprise. Many tried to flee the violence by hiding in the surrounding brush. One of the casualties was Mr. Sunday Akor, a well-respected teacher and persecuted believer in Nigeria.

Maigari Ben, a community leader, says, “Muslim terrorists killed Mr. Sunday Akor, the only Christian teacher in our village. All the other teachers had already fled our community for fear of terrorist attacks. Akor said he could not leave our village because he sees his service in our community not just as a job, but as a Christian ministry. He died for a cause he strongly believes in.”

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Ben adds, “Akor left his native village in Central Nigeria to live with us, ultimately paying the supreme price of being martyred for his steadfastness in his work for his Savior, Jesus Christ.”

These kinds of attacks are not a first-time occurrence in Northwest Nigeria. Earlier this year, two pastors and their wives were kidnapped in separate incidents from the same area in Kaduna State.

Istifanus Ma’aji, a local resident, tells Global Christian Relief, “Many Christian communities in Kaduna State have been living at the mercy of terrorists and bandits, who have been killing, maiming and kidnapping residents with reckless abandon.”

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In John 15:13, Jesus says, “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” Sunday Akor loved his job and the individuals he was able to minister to on a daily basis. He was ultimately killed because of his commitment to his ministry.

Originally Published by Persecution watchdog Global Christian Relief

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