The governor of the Borno state in north-east Nigeria has revealed that the extremist group Boko Haram is responsible for making tens of thousands of widows and orphans in the state as it continues its reign of terror.

Borno Govenor Babagana Zulum was recently a guest lecturer at the National Defence College.  His lecture was attended by senior military officers and policymakers from inside and outside Nigeria.  Zulum, a college lecturer who was elected last year as Borno’s governor, did not mince words as he criticized ineffective government leadership for its inadequate response to the insurgency that continues to wreak havoc in his state.

Boko Haram, which began in 2002, has killed and abducted thousands across the Lake Chad region in recent years and has developed a reputation as one of the world’s deadliest terrorist groups.  Zulum provided a glimpse into how Boko Haram’s violence has impacted his state.  He said Boko Haram is responsible for the creation of 59,311 orphans and 59,123 widows throughout its existence.

Although President Buhari has claimed to have defeated Boko Haram, the group continues to murder and kidnap.  Although Boko Haram did not kill as many people in 2019 as the group has in years past, experts warn the decline is due to a change in a tactic by the militant group to focus more on kidnappings.

The Nigerian government has faced international criticism for its failure to protect citizens and thwart Boko Haram’s attacks and abductions.

Source: Christian Post, Australian Prayer Network

  • On behalf of those who have suffered loss at the hand of Boko Haram militants in Nigeria and surrounding nations, pray for the Lord’s intervention and ask Him to bring spiritual good out of the pain and grief.
  • Ask the Lord to strengthen the resolve of His children to love, serve and follow Him even through great trials and suffering.
  • Pray for the authorities in Nigeria for wisdom and action.

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Holy God, Lord of the Nations, your eyes are too pure to look upon wrong and evil (Habakkuk 1:13) and we mourn the terrible wickedness being perpetrated in Nigeria (Matthew 5:4). Bring relief to the peoples of Nigeria and especially to your people suffering at the hands of Boko Haram. We ask for your intervention and special grace to deliver your people from suffering and save those who are causing it. Father, strengthen the resolve of your children to persevere in great trial and give them forgiveness for their enemies. Draw close to the thousands who have been kidnapped and… Read more »