News by email Donate


Top Stories

Most Read

Popular Videos

World News

Nigeria's Methodist leader and two others freed after abduction

by Donna Birrell
Capture samuel kanu.PNG - Banner image

The head of the Methodist church in Nigeria and two other clerics have been freed after being abducted on Sunday.

Samuel Kanu was travelling with the Bishop of the Methodist Church, Owerri Diocese, and the prelate’s chaplain when they were kidnapped as they left a church programme in the south eastern state of Abia.

A church official told the BBC they were released yesterday evening leading to jubilation among Nigeria's Christian community.

It's unclear if any ransom was paid to secure their release.

Nigeria is seeing a wave of abductions of members of the clergy and religious faithful. The Boko Haram Islamic extremist group is behind many of the attacks, but unidentified gunmen are responsible for a growing number of security threats.   

In April, a new law banned the paying of ransoms due to the regular kidnappings taking place across Nigeria. 

Dr David Landrum, Head of Advocacy at Open Doors, has been keeping a close eye on the escalating situation. 

He's concerned that - due to the ongoing conflicts elsewhere - the attacks in Nigeria aren't receiving the attention they require. 

He said: "I think we're generally desensitised to what's happened in Nigeria, because we hear so many reports of so many atrocities that it's kind of 'that's what happens there.' 

"So we don't pay any attention. 

"I'm not saying this about Christians, because I do think the church is praying and speaking out and being vocal, and we need to do more of that."

He continued: "There are nearly half a billion people in West Africa and if this pattern continues of the insurgency spreading from one nation to the other, we could see the biggest humanitarian disaster the world's ever seen; unprecedented. 

"It would dwarf Syria in terms of people movements.

"So we're trying to wake up the international community to act and to do something to focus on security, and really press the Nigerian government, particularly ahead of the elections next February, to make security the security of their own people the number one priority"

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email