Two Christians, Baba Kale Dankali (62), and his son, Micah Kale (20) were killed in a apparent assassination by armed men suspected to be Muslims last week, 15 August in Tudun Wada, a predominantly Muslim area in Kano, northern Nigeria.
A witness account said gunmen stormed the house at about 8pm and opened fire on Baba Kale. His son, Micah, who heard the gunshots and ran into the house, wailed loudly, attracting attention. The gunmen then returned and also shot him.
The wives of both men barely escaped the assassination, witnesses say but three other women and a baby were abducted from the compound.
Tudun Wada, Kano has a reputation for persecuting and killing of Christians. In September 2007 more than nine Christians were killed when Muslim students at the Government Secondary School in Tudun Wada Na Kande started a riot.In April 2015, in Gidan Maso village, a Christian girl was killed when local youths set fire to the home and Baptist church of Rev. Habila Garba, when they came after a man who converted to Christianity to kill him but realized he wasn’t at the house. They burnt the house with the girl inside.
In February this year, The Chairman of its Sub-committee on Africa, Global Health, Human Rights and International Organization, Christopher Smith, described Nigeria as the most dangerous country in the world for Christians. “My subcommittee has broadly investigated the crises facing Christians in Nigeria today. My staff director, Greg Simpkins and I have made several visits to Nigeria, speaking with Christians and Muslim religious leaders across the country and visiting fire-bombed churches, such as in Jos. Unfortunately, Nigeria has been cited as the most dangerous place for Christians in the world and impunity for those responsible for the killing of Christians seem to be widespread.” Smith said.
Islamic terrorist groups; Boko Haram and the Fulani cattle herdsmen have continued the campaign against Christians, destroying villages, killing women and children and displacing hundreds of Christians in northeastern Nigeria and the Middle Belt region, respectively. Despite international funding and expertise to curb the killings, corruption and connivance by security forces and officials as well as Islamic sympathizers in Nigeria have made the prevention of attacks on Christians a herculean task.
Hassan Joh is West Africa Editor, GCN and Priest of the Anglican Diocese of Jos