‘I Thank God My Husband Did Not Deny Jesus’ – Wife Of Slain CAN Chairman
Wife of slain chairman of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Michika local government area of Adamawa State, Rev Lawan Andimi, has expressed delight that her husband did not deny Jesus even at the point of death.
Rev Andimi, 58, was abducted by Boko Haram in early January and was killed by the insurgents with reports stating that his death was penultimate to his refusal to renounce his Christian faith. Mrs Andimi called on the Government to do all it can to flush out Boko Haram from Sambisa forest, even if it means soliciting for support from other countries. She said “different thoughts passed through my mind especially I never saw a situation where my husband will be abducted and taken to another place for twenty days. “But I thank God Almighty because my husband did not deny Jesus Christ. He is now with God. “I will call on the government to do its best in solving this problem of insecurity so that it does not happen to others just as it happened to me,” she added.
She lamented the level of insecurity in the Northern region and if the government fails to step up the fight against insurgency, communities will continue to live in fear.“We have a very serious problem in this country because our villages and towns are insecure and people are suffering. Honestly, the way I find myself today us beyond me.“I appeal to the government to do something about this forest where they detain those abducted, even if it will involve getting assistance from other countries, please let them do that and clear this forest to please so that we can have peace here.
She stressed that “This country is in bad shape right now because of insecurity.“We can no longer go to farm; my younger brother was slaughtered on his farm some years ago. He left behind a wife and four children and my late husband is the one taking care of them and now they abducted and killed him. We pray for God’s intervention in this country,” she cried.
Michika is about 200 kilometres away from Yola, the Adamawa State Capital, and 15 kilometres to Sambisa. It is one of the local government areas alongside Madagali experiencing series of attacks because of their proximity to the Forest. Three weeks ago Michika came under attack by Boko Haram and abducted Pastor Lawan Andimi.