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Nigerian Islamists hold kidnapped pastor at gunpoint – July 3rd

Barnabas Aid, June 27, 2024

Renewed prayers are needed for kidnapped Nigerian pastor Paul Musa after he was shown being held at gunpoint in a new video posted online by his captors, the Islamist terrorist group Boko Haram.

Pastor Paul, 59, and his wife Ruth, 50, were abducted in March 2023 from their home in northern Borno State.

The new 15-second video, believed to have been posted over the weekend of 22/23 June, shows the pastor wearing an orange jumpsuit and kneeling in front of a masked gunman.

The pastor does not refer to his wife by name in the video, but he states that unless Boko Haram’s demands are met by the end of the week then “this will be for our lives”.

In May 2024 the terrorist group posted a video of the couple in which Pastor Paul called on the government and the Christian Association of Nigeria for help in securing their release.

The pastor was shown questioning why he and his wife were still in captivity when Muslims kidnapped at around the same time had been freed.

Many pastors are among the Christians who are often kidnapped by Islamists in northern and Middle Belt Nigeria. Islamist terrorists waging an ongoing campaign of anti-Christian violence are estimated to have killed 45,000 believers since 2009.