"This is an important decision that we hope will help others whose lives are in danger just because they have come to believe in Christ."
ADF International, a faith-based legal advocacy organization that protects fundamental freedoms, provided legal support to a Nigerian Christian woman of Muslim origin who was threatened with death by her father and brothers.
The one the organization names Mary Olowe for security reasons, 18, was a convert to Christianity. She was granted protection by the superior court in the north of the country.
“The accused are hereby restrained from threatening or making any attempt on the life of the applicant following her decision to switch from the practice of Islam to Christianity,” the order explains before adding, “and also from not to violate his fundamental rights as to the choice of his religion or his thoughts". Sean Nelson, legal counsel for ADF International, expressed the organization's relief.
“This is an important decision that we hope will help others whose lives are threatened solely because they have come to believe in Christ,” he continues.
The advisor recalls that, "in Nigeria, Muslims who convert to Christianity are often denied the opportunity to freely live their faith due to threats and targeted attacks against them, even from family members."