9 DECEMBER 2004
The story of Nigerian Christian Sunday Nache Achi is a powerful testament to his passion, sincerity, faithfulness, and love for Jesus Christ. Despite the opposition to Christian evangelism at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Achi fearlessly shared his faith with other students and served as the president of the campus ministry of the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) while studying architecture.
Even in the face of tension between Muslim and Christian students on campus, Achi continued his ministry and Bible studies because he believed that people needed to hear the good news of Jesus Christ. He was devoted to spreading the Gospel and did not let the threats and dangers deter him.
Unfortunately, Achi’s dedication to his faith and evangelism led to tragic consequences. He was kidnapped and killed by masked Muslim men who were opposed to his evangelistic efforts. His roommate, Idakwo Ako Paul, witnessed the ordeal and was left devastated by the loss of his friend.
Despite Achi’s death, the persecution against Christians did not cease; it only intensified. The Nigeria Fellowship of Evangelical Students (NIFES) offices were burned down, and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University was closed.
The Christian students at the university faced a difficult reality, but one of them expressed a profound commitment to the cause of evangelism. They saw Achi’s example and the biblical stories of those who had laid down their lives for the sake of the Gospel, and they were willing to follow in their footsteps, even if it meant being prepared to die for their faith.
This story serves as a reminder of the immense sacrifices made by many Christians around the world who face persecution for sharing their faith. It highlights the courage and conviction of individuals like Sunday Nache Achi, who are willing to risk everything to spread the message they believe in, regardless of the challenges they encounter.