As Islamic extremism is on the rise across the African continent, a 70-year-old Christian pastor was killed by men who accused him of misleading Muslims in Uganda.
Bishop Francis Obo’s wife says that he had shared the Gospel with Muslims in their community and surrounding areas, and had led many to faith in Jesus Christ.
An imam was later arrested in connection with the minister’s death, which he said was carried out in obedience to his religion’s tenant to do violence against those who lead Muslims away from Islam.
According to Morning Star News, Obo, the senior pastor Mpingire Pentecostal Revival Church Ministries International in Odapako who oversaw 17 churches in the area, was targeted by a group on June 11 while walking home from the market with his wife, Christine Obo.
The distraught widow says that the men accused her husband of being an “infidel” who caused Muslims to leave Islam and “blaspheme the words of Allah.”
“Today Allah has judged you,” they reportedly told him.
“Another assailant told me to go away and added, ‘Today, it is a day for your husband,’” Christine said.
“As I moved a few meters in a hurry trying to save my life, I heard a little noise and wailing from my husband and realized that his life was in danger,” she recounted.
Mrs. Obo was so distressed when she returned home, she was unable to speak. Her children took her to the hospital and the next morning, when she’d regained consciousness, she directed them to return to the place she’d last seen her husband.
There, they found local Christians mourning the pastor, who lay dead.
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Imam Uthman Olingha and another suspect, Jafari Kato, were arrested. Olingha was found with bloodly clothing and reportedly confessed to the murder.
One officer told Obo’s family, “Olingha openly confessed that he can’t regret that he killed the bishop because he did it in the cause of Allah’s word to kill all infidels who mislead Muslims.”
“Some Muslims had earmarked him as someone who has been misleading their fellow Muslims and had been warned to stop converting Muslims to Christianity,” Christine said.
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