Forced to flee Nigeria after her husband’s death, a Christian widow returned to neighboring Niger determined to raise her children according to God’s Word.
In December 2009, Rahila and her husband, Abdullahi, moved their family of eight nearly 500 miles to the south, from Niger to Nigeria. Abdullahi’s father had lived in Kaduna state, Nigeria, until his recent death, and Abdullahi wanted to continue working his father’s land.
“Because I grew up [in Niger], moving from here to Nigeria was difficult,” Rahila said. “I did it because this man was my husband and we have children, so there is no problem.”
When Abdullahi’s older brother, Umaru, learned of Abdullahi’s return to Nigeria, he came to visit his brother. But their reunion was not a happy one; Umaru grew angry when he learned that Abdullahi and his family had become Christians. As a Muslim, Umaru couldn’t tolerate his younger brother attending church five days a week.
“His older brother would go out anytime we went [to church] and start insulting the whole family because we were going to Jesus,” Rahila recalled.
Umaru’s hatred toward his Christian brother continued to simmer over the next 10 years.