CHURCH: 8,370 Members Lost To Boko Haram In North-East

The Boko Haram insurgency in North-East killed about 8,370 members of the largest indigenous Christian denomination in the North-east, Church of the Brethren in Nigeria.

Adamawa-based denomination with headquarters in Kwarhi, Hong Local Government Area of the state has 1.5 million members in branches mostly across the North-east.

The president of the EYN, Rev. Joe Billi, told reporters at a press conference on Thursday in Yola that the EYN is the worst hit Christaian denomination.

Further more, he said apart from the 8,370 member killed, eight pastor of the EYN also killed by Boko Haram, while over 700,000 members were supersede.

He added that 53 of the 60 district church councils of the EYN were directly affected by insurgency with 300 of the church’s 586 branches either burnt or damaged by Boko Haram, and uncountable number of houses of the member were either burnt or looted,” he said.

The EYN president added that many members had been abducted while 217 of the abducted 276 Chibok school girls were members of the EYN.

He added that many communities, especially communities in Gworza Local Government Area of Borno State, are still deserted after repeated Boko Haram attacks.

The president of the EYN urged Nigeria president and the governors of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno State to take drastic action over this matter and also to rescue the remaining Chibok girls as well as Leah Sharibu, Alice Loksha and hundreds of other people abducted by Boko Haram.

He said the church was yet to feel the presence of NEDC in the area, adding that the government should end the current incessant killings, abductions, rape, and all forms of criminality nationwide.

He appealed to Buhari to station a battalion of soldiers there, so that residents who fled from attacks and are now in refugee camps in Cameroon could return home and is a matter of urgency to evacuate the over 47,000 stranded IDPs in Cameroon camps back to Nigeria.

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