Nigeria is one of the most dangerous nations for Christians. Muslims comprise about half of the nation’s population, and several radical Islamic terrorist groups have vowed to eradicate Christianity from Nigeria through “religious cleansing.” In 2014, Boko Haram killed more people in Nigeria than ISIS did in the Middle East. Thus far in 2018, more than 1,400 Christians have been murdered by Muslim terrorists, including 233 Christians that were brutally killed one weekend in June. Christian girls continue to be abducted by Boko Haram and made child brides with the attempt to force them to convert to Islam. Please pray for special grace for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Nigeria and that they will shine as lights for Christ as they follow the way of the Cross.
Nigeria, the most populous of any African nation, is home to one of the deadliest Islamic terrorist groups, Boko Haram, which is committed to driving Christianity out of Nigeria and imposing extreme sharia law on the country. In 2014, Boko Haram killed more people in Nigeria than ISIS did in the entire Middle East. In April 2015, Boko Haram kidnapped 275 high school girls, the majority of whom were Christians, and many are still missing. Recently, on Monday night, January 25, Pastor David Onubedo was kidnapped by Islamic terrorists with a demand for ransom of a quarter of a million dollars. Because Nigeria’s government is so weak and corrupt, the Christian population is left unprotected and very vulnerable. Please pray for Pastor Onubedo and his family, and pray for special grace for other persecuted brothers and sisters there as they follow the way of the Cross.
The Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram, has dramatically escalated attacks on Christians during Holy Week. On Palm Sunday they massacred 71 believers and wounded 130 in the capital city, and 8 teachers have been murdered this week. Also, this past Monday night insurgents kidnapped 243 girls from an all-girls school, and only about 100 have been recovered.
As we celebrate the joy of our risen Savior, please remember to pray for grace, comfort and deliverance for brothers and sisters in Nigeria during this time of great need.