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Prof. Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies Bemoans ‘LAWAN ANDIMI” Abducted In Adamawa And Killed By Boko Haram


Nigerian Supreme Council for Ecclesiastical Affairs  (NSCEA) today 20th January 2020, bemoans Reverend Lawan Andimi, the CAN Chairman abducted in Adamawa by Boko Haram insurgents, who has just been killed. Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika local government area of Adamawa state was abducted since the 2nd. January when the insurgents attacked Michika.Today CAN have confirmed that its Adamawa Chairman, Lawan Andimi, was truly killed and confirmed by the CAN President, Reverend Supo Ayokunle.
“Rev. Lawan Andimi, Adamawa CAN Chairman, has been executed by Boko Haram insurgents”, said The Cable. A source who confirmed the incident to TheCable said, “Andimi was killed by his captors on Monday, 20 January 2020; a couple of days after pleading with Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa to rescue him”, Punch reports of January 20, 2020, says that, “Andimi, who was killed by Boko Haram insurgent, who abducted him on Thursday, January 2, 2020, when they attacked Michika, a town in Adamawa.”
Rev. Andimi was shown in a video on January 5, after his abduction, where he was appealing to the Governor of Adamawa State, Umaru Fintiri and his clergy colleagues, for a quick intervention for his release. A couple of days after pleading with Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa to rescue him, and to secure his release from the Boko Haram captivity; Lawan Andimi, the Chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika local government area of the state, has been killed.
“I have never been discouraged because all conditions that one finds himself is in the hand of God, who made them take care of me. So, the summary of my speech; I am appealing to my colleagues, reverends, particularly my president, Reverend Joel Billy who is a strong man, a man of compassion and man of love. He can do all his best to speak to our governor, Umaru Jibrilla (Fintiri) and other necessary agents for my release here,” Andimi had said in a video.”
Now, Boko Haram has killed CAN chairman abducted in Adamawa. We heard that “Boko Haram has announced the execution of Lawan Andimi, who was abducted by the group earlier this month. Ahmed Salkida, exiled Nigerian journalist, who is reported to be well-informed about the activities of the Islamic group, disclosed this on his twitter handle@A_Salkida.”
TheCable learned that a CAN delegation was on its way to Michika to see the family of the deceased. He hails from Kwada village in Chibok local government area of Borno state but worked as a pastor in Michika.”A source who confirmed the incident to TheCable said Andimi was killed by his captors on Monday”. “At some point, the insurgents reached out for negotiations, and the church was still trying to see how they can get on with the terms,” he said.
Sadly, “details emerging from the beheading of the CAN chairman, Rev. Lawan Andimi suggests that the Boko Haram fighters had turned down an offer of N50 million from negotiators before beheading the Christian community leader, whom they abducted in the early days of January, the state CAN chairman, Bishop Dani Mamza revealed. Boko Haram snubbed N50m ransom to kill Adamawa CAN official.”
It is not clear why Andimi was killed as negotiations were still ongoing. Explaining on the details leading to the beheading of the LGA CAN chair, the state Chairman of CAN, Bishop Dami Mamza said, “The insurgents are said to have demanded £2m (N946m) but were offered N50m, an action which might have infuriated the terrorists who pounced on their victim beheading him. He said, “Pastor Lawan was beheaded yesterday.”
“Negotiations were still ongoing when they stopped calling. They were offered N50m but they rejected it. “They called his wife last week, informing her that they will be beheading him on Saturday but somehow they waited till Monday. “Also yesterday, Pastor Dennis Bagauri of the Lutheran Church was killed in Jereng, Mayo-Belwa area of Adamawa State. “It is now clear that Christians are not protected by the government; we don’t feel like we have a government,” he said.
Reacting to the incident, the Adamawa State Government, “described the action of the terror group as barbaric.” The Director-General, Media and Communications to Adamawa state governor, Solomon Kumangar, said, “The state government is saddened by the gruesome execution of the pastor.” “Andimi was abducted two weeks ago when Boko Haram fighters stormed Michika town in search of foodstuff and other basic items.”
On Christmas eve, a faction of Boko Haram affiliated to the Islamic State killed 11 Christian captives in Borno and said the action was taken to avenge the deaths of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the late IS leader, and Abul-Hasan Al-Muhajir, its spokesman, who was killed in Syria in October. Four (4) abducted aid workers of the Action Against Hunger, an international non-government organization, were also killed by the Islamic State in West Africa Province (ISWAP) in December 2019. The insurgents said the aid workers were killed because of the breakdown of talks with the federal government.
Meanwhile, no less than 17 soldiers had been killed, while many others abducted in separate confrontations between the military and Boko Haram insurgents on Bama-Gwoza highway on Friday, and Saturday, January 18, 2020. Although the government of Muhammadu Buhari says it has put a number of security measures into place to protect Christians in the area, it appears incapable of guaranteeing security and preventing continuous kidnapping, killing, violence, and even anti-Christian massacres. 
Christians are persecuted in Nigeria amid deafening silence. This week, a Catholic priest in Nigeria releases an appeal for attention and action to the international community as Christians continue to be persecuted and murdered in his country: “Every day,” says Father Joseph Bature Fidelis, of the Diocese of Maiduguri, “Our brothers and sisters are slaughtered in the streets.” In an appeal to the Papal Charity, “Aid to the Church in Need”, Father Fidelis says, “the situation in northern Nigeria continues to deteriorate for religious and for the faithful who are under attack by fundamentalist Islamic militants.”
We appeal for attention and action of the international community, especially President Donald Trump of the USA to please come to the rescue of Nigerian Christians, especially in Northern Nigeria. As we condole and pray for his family, his people and the Church in Nigeria, we pray that the gentle soul of the departed and martyr rest in perfect peace. There is definitely no peace for the wicked in this world and in the world to come. We pray GOD’S judgment on ISIS, El-Qaeda, Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram with ISWAP, Islamists, Bandits, Fulani terrorists, etc., in the MIGHTY NAME OF JESUS. Amen
The entire Nigeria Christian community says goodbye to our brother the Adamawa State Chairman of CAN. We believe though gruesomely beheaded, your soul is resting in perfect peace as a martyr;  “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of His saints” Psalm 116:15.  Adieu and sleep beloved!  We know and are assured, “The memory of the righteous is blessed, but the name of the wicked will rot.” Proverbs 10:7.  AMEN.
Bishop Prof. Funmilayo Adesanya-Davies Secretary, Elder’s Council Nigerian Supreme Council for Ecclesiastical Affairs (NSCEA)


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