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Wife of Nigerian Anglican bishop kidnapped

Saratu Zubairu is the wife of Rt Rev Idris Ado Zubairu, the bishop of Bari in Nigeria. She has reportedly been kidnapped alongside the diocesan secretary, Deborah. Several messages on Twitter and Facebook are being posted asking for prayers.


GAFCON, a group of global conservative Anglicans, wrote on Twitter on Tuesday: “*URGENT PRAYER ALERT* It has been confirmed to the Secretariat of the Church of Nigeria that the wife of the Bishop of Bari Diocese *Mrs. Saratu Zubairu* and a Diocesan staff member *Deborah* were kidnapped this morning. Lord in your mercy #pleasepray”

“Please pray and mobilise the church to pray for their safety and immediate release. Pray that the peace of God will fill their hearts and that of the families in this time of anxiety and fear. Pray that God will bring glory to His name in all that concerns them.”

The Hausa Christians Foundation, representing believers who speak the Chadic language, claimed on Facebook that: “In the early hours of Tuesday morning at around 2:30am, the Christian Community of Gidan Mato Bari where the Cathedral of the Bari Anglican Diocese and the Bishop’s Court are situated, encountered the unimaginable as unknown gunmen laid siege on the entire locality and kidnapped the Bishop’s wife Mrs Saratu Zubairu and the Diocesan Secretary Miss Deborah.

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