Government authorities in northern Nigeria’s Borno state plan to demolish 25 churches and schools, ostensibly to make room for new housing. However, no plans for the housing development have been produced.
Christian leaders believe this is another attempt by local governments in northern Nigeria to persecute the Christian minority.
The proposed demolitions would compound security challenges that Christians already face from the militant group Boko Haram.
“We have seen the eviction notice from Borno state government,” said Dr Asake, general secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria. “We are Nigerians, and there are other places where the state government can develop. The areas earmarked for demolition are already developed with churches and schools. Christians have already suffered enough in Borno state.”
Sources: VOM Sources, All Africa
- Ask the Lord to intervene to preserve these places of worship, fellowship and teaching.
- Thank the Lord for the faithfulness of the Christians in Nigeria, ask Him to strengthen their faith further to help them to overcome this new kind of opposition.
- Pray for Christians in Nigeria reaching out to Muslims with the love of Christ.