Since Christmas Day, hard-line Islamist terrorists from Boko Haram have murdered nearly 100 people in attacks ranging from Maiduguri and its surrounding towns in Borno State, to Madagali in Adamawa State, north-east Nigeria.
In its six-year history of military offensives, Boko Haram has murdered upwards of 15,000 people, primarily targeting Christians who have faced slaughter, forced conversion, kidnapping and rape.
In April 2014, the militant Islamist terror group abducted 276 young girls from a government school in Chibok. Some have escaped, but most remain captive. Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari has said he is prepared to negotiate with Boko Haram militants to secure the release of about 200 schoolgirls.
But he said he had no intelligence on the girls’ whereabouts or their health.
Buhari took office in May with a promise to defeat the group, and gave the military a deadline of the end of 2015 to end the six-year insurgency. Since his inauguration, Boko Haram has killed nearly 2,000 people.
Although Boko Haram has been driven out from most of the areas it controlled in north-eastern Nigeria, it has continued to carry out suicide bombings and raids into neighbouring Cameroon, Chad and Niger.
The military has managed to free hundreds of Boko Haram captives in recent months; however, they did not include any of the Chibok girls.
Sources: BBC, International Christian Concern
- Pray for the victims in Nigeria who have been targeted and attacked by Boko Haram; may they not despair in their sufferings but instead look to the Lord for strength and hope.
- Pray that God will open the doors for negotiations to take place between President Buhari and Boko Haram and that Buhari will be able to negotiate the release of the more than 200 Chibok girls.
- Ask God to continue overseeing the growth of His church in Nigeria, calling even members of Boko Haram and their sympathisers.