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Christian Pastor Murdered as Nigeria Declares a State of Emergency
Nigeria continues to own the shameful title of being the deadliest place to be a Christian. In 2012, 70 percent of Christians murdered due to persecution were killed in Nigeria. This deadly fact is characterized by the brutal murder of the Rev. Faye Pama Musa, who was followed home by suspected Boko Haram militants and shot. News of the murder spread hours after Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in three of Nigeria's northern states most affected by the Boko Haram insurgency.
After finishing his evening Bible study at his church on May 15 in Borno state's capital, Maiduguri, Musa, the secretary of the Borno state chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), began traveling home for the night. According to the Rev. Titus Dama Pona, the chairman of CAN's Borno chapter, gunmen suspected to be Boko Haram militants followed the pastor home.