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Boko Haram: How 3 Pastors Were Beheaded Eyewitness by GEW: 6:11pm On Aug 06, 2009
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From TIMOTHY OLA, Maiduguri
Thursday, August 6, 2009

One of the victims of last week’s attack by the Yusufiya sect in Borno State has given a shocking account of how the Islamic extremists killed three pastors who were captured along with other victims on the second day of the insurgence. The victim was among those held hostage in Yusuf’s enclave.

Speaking exclusively to Daily Sun in Maiduguri, the eye witness who preferred anonymity disclosed that the three pastors were beheaded on the instruction of the sect leader, Mohammed Yusuf shortly after bringing them out of his inner chamber.

“The pastors alongside one Ibo man were asked to change their faith to Islam like they did to other people taken as hostages. I think there was an argument by one of the pastors which gave the others some level of confidence to also resist accepting Islam.

“The Yusufiya men who were armed on that Tuesday afternoon were not comfortable with the pastors and they took one of them to the sect leader in his inner chamber. They came out later to the courtyard within the compound and cut their heads one after the other and thereafter, shouted allah akbar in wild celebration accompanied with several gun shots,” the eye witness disclosed.

He said the hostages numbering about 50 within the area of the execution of the pastors and another fair complexioned man which he could not identify, were gripped with fear as non could foretell the outcome of their stay at the enclave of the fundamentalists. He was however lucky to escape as he was freed in the night with others with a warning not to mix with kafrici (infidels).

Corroborating the account of the killing, a Senior pastor with Good News Church, Wulari Maiduguri Rev. Baba Gata Ibrahim told Daily Sun in an interview that a pastor in his church, Pastor George Orjih was beheaded on the instruction of the Boko Haram leader because the clergy man refused to accept Islam.
“An eye witness who was also captured by the Islamic militants gave us details of how the pastor was killed. He told us they were persuading him to accept Islam and he said over his dead body. He was even said to have preached Christ to Mohammed Yusuf and that reportedly angered the sect leader who then as he ordered that the pastor and others be killed immediately,” he disclosed.

The late Pastor George Orjih was said to have arrived Maiduguri last week from Jos where he was doing his Masters programme in Theology. Described as a fearless, hardworking, and intellectually sound, his care for the welfare and well being of his family allegedly contributed to his capture and eventual death.
“He was mindful of his family and their welfare. He was really out of the house but thought to go back again. That was how he was captured by the Boko Haram before he was killed. It was the very week, in fact the following day he returned from school where he was doing his Masters in Theology that he was arrested,” the senior pastor added.

He urged the government to provide adequate security for Christian in the state.
Also delivering a sermon during the funeral rites for late Rev. Sabo Yakubu, slain COCIN Church pastor, the speaker, Rev Bulus Azi urged Christians to emulate the pastors who were killed because of their refusal to betray their faith. Quoting from the bible in Revelation 7: 9-15, the regional chairman of the church told Christians to prepare to die anytime as their calling demand. http://www.sunnewsonline.com/webpages/news/national/2009/aug/06/national-06-08-2009-01.htm
Re: Boko Haram: How 3 Pastors Were Beheaded Eyewitness by Abuzola(m): 9:12pm On Aug 06, 2009
Papers and their lies. CAN: Christian Associatio of Nigeria denied any killing of a christian or burning of church. No credible proof is available to back the blatant lies.
Re: Boko Haram: How 3 Pastors Were Beheaded Eyewitness by GEW: 8:32am On Aug 07, 2009
http://www.tribune.com.ng/07082009/features.html

Tell my brothers, I died well - Slain Borno pastor


Late Orji He was captured by members of Mohammed Yusuf’s Boko Haram sect, along with many other Christians. Like many others, he was murdered in a gruesome manner, but he held onto his faith, till his last breath. James Bwala reports the tragic story of late Pastor George Orji.

AS the Goodnews Church of Christ in Maiduguri, the Borno State Capital mourned and remembered the late Pastor George Orji, testimonies from Christians within and outside the church, who were caught together with the pastor by members of the Boko Haram, the notorious Islamic sect of Mohammed Yusuf, showed that Pastor George Orji died singing and praising God after preaching to Mohammed Yusuf and all who were in the camp, in which the religious fanatics kept their victims,

In an interview with some of the abducted persons, Nigerian Tribune learnt that even though some of the captured Christians were forced to accept Islam, they were not set free, as most of them were reported to have been killed by the same people who forced them to accept Islam.

Mr Thomas Ali, one of the victims, who managed to escape, told Nigerian Tribune that he was kidnapped by the Mohammed Yusuf sect and was forced to take a bath as a sign of accepting Islam. He said he could not really describe how he escaped, but vowed never to forgive Mohammed Yusuf for the trauma he went through during the six hours he stayed in the camp, where people were brought in and slaughtered like chicken.

He said: “It was an unholy situation, and I wonder why the so-called human rights organisations were worried about the killing of a man like Mohammed Yusuf, but not about the hundreds of people that were slaughtered like chickens for refusing to denounced their faith.

“The security agents that were caught and brought into the camp were slaughtered as if they were not human beings. Mohammed Yusuf and his men were not human, they are animals, and people should not be deceived by their religion. If Islam is like that, then Islam is a fake religion.”

Another lucky victim, Mr.Emmanuel Ndah, who was abducted along with Pastor George Orji, said that they were arrested by Mohammed Yusuf’s men when they went to check on a widow at her home in the State Lowcost area. According to him, when they were abducted, they were taken to Mohammed Yusuf’s camp and were asked their names.

“When we told them our names, they realised that we were not Muslims, and asked us whether we would denounce our faith and accepted Islam, but Pastor George encouraged us not to accept Islam, but rather to hold unto what we believed in. He was singing and praying all through, and encouraging the believers not give up, even unto death. It was his words of encouragement that kept us till the time we were released. However, the men killed so many of us Christians who had even been forced into Islam. I cannot not say how I survived it, but I did by the grace of God,’’ he said.

According to him, “While we were laying there, tied up, Pastor George turned to me and said, ‘If you survive, tell my brothers that I died well, and am living with Christ. And if we all die, we know that we die for the Lord.”

While giving his testimony, one Okechukwu Nwankwo, who witnessed the killing of Pastor George Orji, said that he was actually abducted with all the members of his family, and was forced to bathe and accept Islam, which he did under duress. He said luckily for him, he was asked to leave and while he was looking for his wife and children, that was when he saw them dragging Pastor George Orji.

He said,” They dragged him far away from the camp, they forced him to bend his head as he passed before Mohammed Yusuf. He was singing and praising God and praying; I saw them deal him a matchet cut from the back of his neck, and he fell down. His body was dragging on the ground and it rolled and rolled for a long time before he finally gave up the ghost.’’

If comments in the condolence register is anything to go by, then, Pastor Orji did not die in vain.

‘’With the death of Pastor George Orji, a life in the service of God and humanity, which was as rich and fruitful as any in the whole history of the Good News church as an organisation, has come to an end. The church will always be indebted to late George Orji for the removal of the obstacles to our faith. He gave us the picture of a world with a unity and harmony surpassing the boldest dreams of the past.’’

“Indeed, the breadth of late George Orji’s views and the openness of his mind found most remarkable expression in the very same years when he gave a widened outlook to the preaching of the word. The same spirit that characterised Orji’s unique way of preaching the gospel also marked his attitude in all human relations. Notwithstanding the increasing reverence which people everywhere felt for his attainments and character, he behaved with unchanging natural modesty, and expressed himself with a subtle and charming humor. “

“The late man of God was always prepared to help people in difficulties of any kind. To the whole of mankind, George Orji’s death is a great loss, and for those of us who had the good fortune to enjoy his warm friendship, it is a grief that his gentle smile shall never more seen, nor his voice listened to. But the memories he has left behind will remain an ever-living source of fortitude and encouragement. “

Late Pastor George Orji was appointed as a Pastor by the Good News Church on 25th March, 1999 and posted to the Riverside Church. He served as pastor in charge of the headquarters church from June, 1999 to March, 2004 before his posting from May, 2004 to April, 2009, to the headquarters.

Born to the family of Mr.and Mrs. Philip Orji on 30th June, 1966, at Orokam Village of Ogbadigbo Local Government Area of Benue State, and an Idoma by ethnicity, late Pastor George Orji attended Sabon Gari Primary School Zaria from 1973 to 1978, Mount St Gabriel Secondary School Makurdi from 1978 to 1983. He was the chapel prefect, and served excellently. Late Pastor Orji also obtained a diploma in Ministry in December 1998 at the School of End of Time Ministerial Anointing Food For Total Man Ministry in Kaduna.

The slain Pastor George Orji also attended the Nigerian Institute of Science and Technology, Zaria, and obtained an Intermediate Diploma in Laboratory Technology in 1998. He was at the University of Maiduguri, and studied Science Laboratory Technology, for which he obtained the Higher National Diploma in 2004. He also holds a diploma in Computer Application from Yashib Computers.
Between 2006 and 2007 he was at the ECWA theological Seminary, where he obtained his post-graduate diploma in Theology. Pastor George Orji went back to ECWA Theological Seminary, Jos, Plateau State, where he was pursuing a Master’s degree in Divinity before his death.

He is survived by a wife, Mrs.Veronica Orji, and two children.
Re: Boko Haram: How 3 Pastors Were Beheaded Eyewitness by Nobody: 1:16am On Jul 17, 2012
SMH. All of this bloodshed for what exactly? angry

Tell my brothers, I died well - Slain Borno pastor

a true martyr.
God bless him and his family.
Re: Boko Haram: How 3 Pastors Were Beheaded Eyewitness by sarkinsauti: 1:55pm On Oct 15, 2014
Pastor George. I attend that church and he was our pastor. Very courageous man
Abuzola:
Papers and their lies. CAN: Christian Associatio of Nigeria denied any killing of a christian or burning of church. No credible proof is available to back the blatant lies.

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