Ugandan pastor, 70 who reached out to Muslims killed by extremists

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A 70-year-old pastor was killed in Uganda on June 11 after a group of radical Muslims stopped him and his wife on their way home from a market.

Bishop Francis Obo was the senior pastor of Mpingire Pentecostal Revival Church Ministries International in Odapako village Mpingire Sub-County and oversaw 17 churches across the region, Morning Star News reports.

Muslim extremists dressed in Islamic attire confronted him and his wife, Christine Obo. She said one of the men called her husband an “infidel” who drives Muslims to leave Islam and “blaspheme the words of Allah” but “Today Allah has judged you.” 

She continued, “Another assailant told me to go away and added, ‘Today, it is a day for your husband.’ As I moved a few metres in a hurry trying to save my life, I heard a little noise and wailing from my husband and realised that his life was in danger.”

When Obo arrived at her home, she was trembling and unable to speak. Her children took her to a hospital, where she regained consciousness the following morning.

The distraught woman told her eldest son to take his siblings and go to the site of the attack.

“Reaching there, they were shocked and fearful as they found a big number of Christians and relatives gathered around the dead body mourning their bishop after being murdered by Muslims,” Obo was quoted as saying.

Police found Imam Uthman Olingha wearing bloody clothing and arrested him, along with another suspect, who was identified as Jafari Kato.

Olingha reportedly confessed to killing Bishop Obo, with an officer telling the 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.”

Christine Obo said her husband actively shared the Gospel with Muslims locally and in the surrounding areas. She said that he led many of them to find faith in Jesus Christ.

“Some Muslims had earmarked him as someone who has been misleading their fellow Muslims and had been warned to stop converting Muslims to Christianity,” she said.

Bishop Obo leaves behind his wife and 13 children.

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