BREAKING NEWS: Some of the Abducted Nigerian Schoolboys Have Been Released

Save the Persecuted Christians Respond to the Freeing of Some of the Boys and the Ransom Video Released Today Depicting One of the Abducted Boys Making a Plea for Help

December 17, 2020

WASHINGTON—Earlier today, it was reported that some of the Nigerian school boys who were abducted were freed. “We have recovered most of the boys,” said Governor Aminu Bello Masari. “It’s not all of them.”

Butfor many heartsick and grieving parents, a video released this afternoon is the first news they’ve received since last Friday when terrorists surrounded their children’s school in Kankara, Katsina state, Nigeria and carried them off into the surrounding forests. In the video, a large group of young boys can be seen behind an older student who speaks to the camera, making a plea for help.

“Unfortunately, the boys’ story has not yet captured worldwide attention like that of the 2014 kidnappings of the Chibok girls, nor that of the enslaved Christian teen, Leah Sharibu, taken from her Dapchi school in 2018,” said Dede Laugesen, executive director of Save the Persecuted Christians. “These terrorists, who Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari claims to have defeated, are making their presence known.

“You may not know Leah’s story. She was 14 in February 2018 when she was taken with 104 other girls from her Dapchi boarding school. While the government successfully negotiated the release of the students, Leah alone was kept by her captors for steadfastly refusing to renounce her faith in Christ.

“The boy in the video said some had been killed. That is a tragedy. We pray that others have not been left behind by the Nigerian government, like Leah was.

“If any living boys have been left behind, we emphatically say, bring back ALL our boys!

“In June 2019, STPC along with our coalition partner, ICON, brought Leah’s mom, Rebecca, to Washington, D.C. to meet with Vice President Pence’s office and other key leaders to plea for help in finding Leah.

“Christians and Muslims who are not aligned with the jihadists are daily abducted and murdered in their communities,” she continued, “Earlier this month, at least 70 people were killed as they labored in their fields. They were surrounded, tied up and beheaded by well-armed terrorists. Boko Haram and the splinter group ISIS-West Africa Province know no shame. They are extremists bent on death and destruction.”

The mission of Save the Persecuted Christians is to save lives and save souls by disseminating actionable information about the magnitude of the persecution taking place globally and by mobilizing concerned Americans for the purpose of disincentivizing further attacks on those who follow Jesus.

With so much of the world’s Christian population being imprisoned and/or harassed for their beliefs, such as Christians in Nigeria, the need has never been greater for the sort of grassroots campaign STPC’s SaveUs Movement is working to foster. Its efforts are modeled after a miraculously successful one that helped free another population suffering from heavy persecution—Soviet Jews—by penalizing those in the Kremlin responsible for such repression. Through this movement, Save the Persecuted Christians endeavors to provide American policymakers with the popular support they need to effect real change worldwide and alleviate systemicallythe suffering being experienced by so many of those following Christ.


To interview a Save the Persecuted Christians representative, contact, Nick DiFazio, 610.584.1096, ext. 104, or Deborah Hamilton, ext. 102.