After a boat capsized off the coast of Nigeria earlier this year, authorities feared that all 12 of those on board had perished. Three days after the incident, divers found Harrison Okene, the ship's cook, alive and living off of the oxygen in an air bubble.
While the wreck happened in May, new footage of the rescue shows divers coming upon Okene, offering him fresh water and bringing him to the surface.
Okene credited the Bible and prayer for giving him the strength to survive the wreck. more >>
A Nigerian bishop addressed rumors that terrorist group Boko Haram has been kidnapping Christian women and forcing them to convert to Islam.
"That there are kidnappings is a fact, but I am not aware that there is a systematic campaign to kidnap Christian women in order to convert them to force them to marry Boko Haram members. This does not mean that there are rapes of war. These things happen unfortunately in conflict zones," Cardinal John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, archbishop of Abuja, told Fides Agency.
"I am sorry to say but there are people who spread rumors which are not controlled in order to accentuate the sense of persecution of Christians living in areas most at risk in Nigeria. I do not think this helps us. It is always better to tell the truth." more >>
A testimony from a 19-year-old Nigerian girl proves the terrorist group Boko Haram is kidnapping Christian women to use as slave brides, forcing them to "convert to Islam or die."
Hajja, a 19-year-old from a village in the Gwoza hills of remote northeastern Nigeria, recently shared her account of three months captivity under the rule of a local 14-man Boko Haram tribe that traveled the hillsides of northern Nigeria and forced her to cook and clean for them. Hajja had been kidnapped by members of Boko Haram, an al-Qaeda affiliated terrorist organization, while she picked corn near her home in July. She now tells Reuters that although she was never raped, she was treated terribly and ultimately forced to "convert to Islam or die."
"If I cried, they beat me. If I spoke, they beat me. They told me I must become a Muslim but I refused again and again," Hajja told Reuters in a recent interview. "They were about to slaughter me and one of them begged me not to resist and just before I had my throat slit I relented. They put a veil on me and made me read from the Koran." more >>
Radical Islamic group Boko Haram confirmed the abduction of a French priest by gunmen in northern Cameroon on Wednesday with sources revealing he was transferred to neighboring Nigeria.
The French Foreign Ministry said in a statement Thursday that Father Georges Vandenbeusch, parish priest of Nguetchewe, was kidnapped near the city of Cosa in northern Cameroon.
The ministry added it had formally advised to refrain from visiting the area because of the "terrorist threat and the risk of kidnapping." more >>
All we hear of Nigeria in the news is about attacks on Christians by the terror group Boko Haram. But something different is happening in the country's south, as reflected in a three and a half square mile pavilion a Pentecostal church is constructing to accommodate increasing number of worshiper.
The Redeemed Christian Church of God in Nigeria's most populous city of Lagos currently holds its all-night prayer meetings in a covered pavilion that can seat about a million people. It's the size of 87 football fields, and yet not big enough.
The new pavilion under construction will be 18 times the size of the existing one, or three and a half square miles, reports Public Radio International. more >>
The United States government named on Wednesday Nigerian-based extremist group Boko Haram and its splinter faction Ansaru as foreign terrorist organizations, which is welcome news for a U.S.-based Christian Nigerian organization that has been pressuring both the Obama administration and the Nigerian government for over a year to crack down on the Islamist militants.
"AT LAST, the United States government has done the right thing, and members of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans, CANAN, with about 1,000 local churches in the U.S., are grateful to the LORD for answered prayers. We commend the U.S. President Barack Obama and the State Department for this forthright decision," reads a statement from CANAN that was shared with The Christian Post today, on the heels of the State Department's announcement.