Skip to comments.NIGERIA: MUSLIMS KIDNAP, CONVERT CHRISTIAN CHILDREN [Islamic Inquisition]
Posted on 03/19/2007 11:44:48 PM PDT by Posting
Abduction of boys and girls by Islamists in northern state increasingly common.
Victor Udo Usen SOKOTO, Nigeria, March 14 (Compass Direct News) Beginning in November of last year, 13-year-old Victor Udo Usen, a member of the Christ Apostolic Church in this northern Nigeria city, went missing.
On February 20, news that young Victor was spotted in a Muslim neighbors house jolted his family. A young Christian girl had raced to the Usens home in the Mabera area of Sokoto city with the news.
Victors mother, Esther Udo Usen, told Compass that she ran to the house where her son had been seen. She met him, however, even as he was making frantic efforts to escape from the house where he has been held incommunicado for six months.
I quickly held his hands and dragged him along with me towards our house, she said. But within a twinkle of an eye, I heard shouts of Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar [God is great]! I was shocked as I saw a large number of Muslims rushing towards us.
The mob surrounded them and snatched her son away from her, she told Compass with tears in her eyes. Before she could send for her husband, who was not home at the time, members of the mob told her that her son was now a Muslim and that she and her husband were no longer his parents.
They abducted him in November last year, and I only saw him today, she told Compass. How can someone force my son into his religion?
Victors father, Udo Usen, told Compass that when he received the distressed call from his wife, he rushed home only to discover that the boy had been abducted anew.
Victor with his family I thought, If I force myself into the house of that Muslim to get my son, I will not only be placing the lives of my family at risk but also creating room for them to attack other Christians in Sokoto, Usen said.
Instead, Usen contacted his pastor, and together they reported the matter to other Christian leaders as well as to police and the state security service.
The police told us that they cannot do anything at the moment until the Sultan of Sokoto, the leader of Muslims in Nigeria, returns from his trip, he said. They have held this boy for six months without our consent. They have forced him into Islam. How can they do this to a 13-year-old child?
Kidnapped and Converted
Esther Thomas Tambari, a Christian neighbor of the Usens, corroborated the facts of the abduction to Compass. The Muslims, we learned, have changed Victors name to Abdulkarim, she said.
Tambari said the Muslims had also threatened her son, Simon Thomas Tambari, several times.
When the Usens had their son abducted, as a Christian I had concern for them and decided to help in any way I can to enable them to find their son, Tambari said. I took Victors mother to my pastor, who in turn asked her to report the matter to the police. Now the Muslims are after my son, Simon, and me. My landlady, who happens to be a Muslim, has threatened me with ejection from her house, and my sons life is at stake.
The Usens are not the only Christian family in Sokoto who have had one of their children abducted and forced into Islam; Christian leaders there say abduction of teenage Christian boys and girls has become a common phenomenon in majority-Muslim Sokoto state.
Sometimes Muslims force our young boys and girls into Islam, said Kevin Aje, Roman Catholic Bishop of Sokoto. These are some of the challenges facing Christians here in Sokoto.
The Rev. Reuben Yaro, chairman of the Sokoto district of the Evangelical Church of West Africa, has received reports of child abduction. In one case, Muslims forcefully took away a son and a daughter from a family in his church because the mother was a convert from Islam, he said.
She gave her life to Christ, eventually got married to a Christian man and the marriage was blessed with the two kids, Yaro said. But intense persecution followed, he said, with Muslims abducting the children and placing them in the custody of a Muslim cleric.
The two children have been forced into Islam and are receiving Islamic education, he said.
The Islamists also seized the mother of the two children her fate is unknown and forced the father to leave Sokoto in order to save his life, Yaro said.
Yaro said he has reported another case of kidnapping and forced conversion to the Christian Association of Nigeria, Sokoto state chapter, which is investigating it.
Pastor Tayo Atiniku, Secretary of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Sokoto state chapter, also corroborated claims of abductions of teenage Christian boys and girls in Sokoto. He cited two examples.
Grace, a girl, 17 years old, was three years ago abducted by the Muslims here, Atiniku said. Her parents are members of the Redeemed Christian Church of God here in Sokoto, and her whereabouts are still unknown.
Another Christian girl, daughter of a Christian police officer in Talata Mafara town, also was recently abducted, forced into Islam and married off to a Muslim man without the consent of her parents, he said.
It took the father the use of a gun for him to rescue her from these Muslims, Atiniku added.
Christian leaders are worried that the kidnapping trend is on the increase, creating tensions between Muslims and Christians.
The Nigerian government, they concur, knows of the abductions but has done nothing to protect Christian children from religious predators.
"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached."
"Christian leaders are worried that the kidnapping trend is on the increase, creating tensions between Muslims and Christians."
Yes, for some reason kidnapping your kids and raping your daughters creates "tension"
Christian leaders need to learn how to fight or all will be killed by the ROP. The war is on will anyone come?
I'm sorry, but when Muslim heathens steal children, and legal authorities will not or cannot do anything about it with a "we must wait until the Sultan returns..." attitude, the time for fathers has come to take up "the use of a gun" (or swords or machetes for that matter) to take them back, regardless the risk.
To be pacifist in this is not turning the other cheek. The bible never says we must lose our children to savages.
May God give steel the the parents of the stolen children in Nigeria--and may they "steal" their children back.
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I fully trust that the Christian Nigerians will do something about this... Muslims only fear overwhelming power. To be a pacifist is a sign of weakness to them.
Those Nigerians had better watch out or the 6 Flying Imans will sue them for not being tolerant...
Wherever islam goes, evil follows.
This has nothing to do with any Inquisition. This is simply kidnapping. An inquisition is a purely western process - it is not Islamic, cannot be Islamic. Just as no one should call a jihad a crusade no one should call anything Muslims do an inquisition. That is simply showing radical Muslims more respect than they deserve, and denigrating westerners who were more honorable than modern leftists myths relate.
A lack of courage leads to this future for everyone.
You can't really. If he's a Christian in his heart, all the exterior trappings aren't going to change that fact.
Can you imagine the outrage from the leftists if Christians tried kidnapping and presenting the Gospel to muslim teens?
Islam is the scourge of the earth.
It's easy. The Koran demands it. These barbarians have been doing this sort of thing for centuries.
Islam is a religion of war, not peace.
As soon as the Huffiington Post has it on it's page, I am hopeful...
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