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Five Christians On Trial in Nigeria

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by Obed Minchakpu
June 12, 2001

KANO, Nigeria (Compass) -- Five Nigerian Christians -- two priests and three church members -- are currently facing trial for assisting two Christian girls who escaped from arranged marriages.

The two girls, Rekiya and Dije Garba, 16 and 17, were to be forcefully married to Muslims by their father, Malam Garba Chiroma of Tudun Wada town in northern Nigeria's Kano state. The father is a convert to Islam.

The Rt. Rev. Zakka Nyam, the Anglican bishop of Kano, said the Christian defendants are members of the Anglican Communion in Tudun Wada. The two priests on trial are Canon Musa Haruna and Ishaya Idi. The three church members are relatives of the two girls.

Bishop Nyam told Compass the girls ran away from their home after sensing that their father was going to marry them to Muslims, meaning the girls would be forced to change their faith to Islam.

Pastor Idi said the girls "were practicing Christians. But four years ago, their father converted to Islam and insisted that the girls should also embrace Islam. However, they refused. The girls were forcefully taken to the houses of the Muslim cleric, the imam, and the district head of the area. The girls, after a period of time, escaped and took shelter in the church, and we handed them over to their aunt, who is a Christian. But today, we are being tried in court for abducting these girls."

The five Christians were brought before the Gyadi-Gyadi Magistrate Court on May 17 and charged with abduction. The Christians are free on bail while the trial proceeds. The Kano Diocese of the Anglican Church has hired four lawyers to defend the Christians. Bishop Nyam said that what is going on in this case is a clear example of what Christians are experiencing under "sharia" (Islamic law).

"Sharia is spreading everywhere ... and Christians here are becoming frightened," he told Compass on May 23.

Copyright © 2001 Compass Direct News Service. Used with permission.

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  1. After reading this, I felt a sudden surge of hatred towards the Muslims. But I am reminded by Jesus that I should love my neighbour as I love myself. After all, wouldn't I be just like them if I hated them? And wouldn't the cycle of hatred continue? So, I chose to be challenged by Jesus' words which says - What good is it to love those who love you...even pagans do that Luke 6:32. I also chose to pray for them for they know not what they do. I will also rejoice with those who are persecuted for great is their reward which is in heaven. Thank - You Jesus for showing me the way! Amen!

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