In yet another violent attack, one person was killed, and four others were abducted on Sunday morning in an attack on Haske Baptist Church at Manini village, the Chikun Local Government Area of Kaduna state.
According to The Christian Association of Nigeria, “Today, on 25 April 2021, innocent worshipers who went out for nothing but to worship and pray to God were attacked… This is happening in a nation that allows freedom of religion yet, the freedom is not guaranteed.”
Sources: International Christian Concern, Nigerian Daily Post
Christians are particularly targeted in Kaduna state, which lies in an area often referred to as the ‘middle belt’, where the Muslim-majority north meets Nigeria’s mostly Christian south, creating an environment of ethnic tension which often results in severe Christian persecution.
Christian communities are targeted, and thousands of believers have been kidnapped, tortured and killed with nowhere to turn for safety.
While the government often denies the religious motive behind these attacks, the frequent targeting of churches as well as believers shows that hatred of Christianity plays a key role in the violence throughout the region.
Let us pray.
- Please pray for the safe return of all who have been kidnapped. Pray for their strength and protection.
- Pray the Lord will strengthen the Nigerian church and heal His persecuted children of the trauma they have suffered.
- Pray for the perpetrators of these attacks, that they will repent and find salvation in Christ.