It’s unclear if the kidnappings are connected to the vandalism at multiple Catholic churches in the area following the arrest of suspects in the murder of Deborah Yakubu on May 12 (Deborah Yakubu was the Christian college student who was beaten and stoned to death by Muslim students because she had declared her faith in Jesus).
The continued abduction of Christians (and others) in areas of northern Nigeria is causing untold suffering.
Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe of Makurdi, Benue State, issued a statement on May 20 questioning why the Nigerian government continues to remain silent amid persistent attacks in the West African nation.
“Sadly, we continue to draw the attention of the outside world to the plan by Islamists to Islamize Christian territories countless times with little or no attention paid to our cry and call for help,” Anagbe said. “Sometimes, it appears we have been abandoned to the mercy of the jihadists.”