On Saturday (10 July), pastor’s wife Eunice Elisha was brutally murdered as she shared the Gospel in her local neighbourhood in Abuja. Eunice’s Bible was not taken by the attackers and was instead placed prominently by her body, which was discovered near a mosque close to the family’s home.
According to her husband, Olawale, Eunice regularly witnessed for Christ in their community, but the leader of the local mosque had told his congregation that Eunice “was not saying the truth about God”. Speaking to journalists, Olawale said, “My wife was so committed to anything that is of God … she died for Christ. And whether the people are caught or not they should be forgiven; my prayer is that they can accept Christ.” Nigerian police have arrested six suspects in connection with Eunice’s murder, but at the time of writing none has been charged.
The attack is the latest in a spate of violence against Nigerian believers. On 2 June, the wife of a pastor in Kano state in northern Nigeria was murdered by a group of Muslims who accused her of blasphemy and in the same week a Christian man was stabbed to death for not observing the Ramadan fast.