America honours 83-year-old Imam Abubakar Abdullahi, who hid 200 Christians from suspected bandits in Barkin Ladi Local Government Area of Plateau State.
Abubakar Abdullahi, risked his own life during June 2018 ethnic clashes that targeted predominantly Christian communities.
“As Imam Abdullahi was finishing midday prayers, he and his congregation heard gunshots and went outside to see members of the town’s Christian community fleeing,” the U.S. state department said.
“Instinctively, the imam ushered 262 Christians into the mosque and his home next to the mosque.” The Imam then went outside to confront the gunmen and he refused to allow them to enter, pleading with them to spare the Christians inside, even offering to sacrifice his life for theirs.
He was honoured with American Freedom Award.