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NIGERIA: Militants in Nigeria Kill More than 1,900 People in 2020

NIGERIA: Militants in Nigeria Kill More than 1,900 People in 2020

Every year, hundreds of people are killed in violent events throughout Nigeria. This has been true since Boko Haram became one of the deadliest groups in the world in 2014 and 2015. Despite the government continuing to fight against Boko Haram, the terrorist group, as well as Fulani militants, bandits, and other violent groups, have been able to cause mass devastation throughout the country.

More than 1,900 civilians and government personnel were killed by Boko Haram and Fulani militants. This number does not include the hundreds of militants killed or the hundreds of civilians killed by unidentified bandit groups.

Nearly all Christians in north-eastern Nigeria have lost family members in attacks by Boko Haram or Islamic Fulani militants. Entire congregations have been displaced, and many pastors have been forced to leave the region.

Boko Haram and Fulani militants often target Christian majority communities for attack, and this was again true in 2020. Boko Haram on numerous occasions attacked the villages around Chibok which are mainly Christian, as well as multiple villages throughout Adamawa state including Garkida, also predominately Christian.

Fulani militants in Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, and Adamawa States also attacked majority Christian farming communities on a regular basis. This group claimed the lives of more civilians and Christians than Boko Haram did in 2020.

Sources: International Christian Concern, The Voice of the Martyrs USA

  • Ask God to give state and national authorities wisdom and firm resolve to end the violence, protect vulnerable communities and care for the displaced.
  • Pray for the perpetrators. Ask God to frustrate their plans for evil and be at work to bring many to conviction, repentance and salvation.
  • Pray that during the midst of great suffering, the Lord will bring blessing to those who have suffered so much.

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NIGERIA: Christians Targeted in Islamic Militant Attacks

NIGERIA: Christians Targeted in Islamic Militant Attacks

On the morning of 1 November, armed Islamic militants associated with the Boko Haram terrorist group invaded the village of Takulashi. With the use of automatic weapons, they shot everyone in sight — burning and looting homes during the rampage. When the militants left the area two hours later, 12 members of the primarily Christian village were found dead, including a church pastor. The attackers also took three women and four children hostage.

The village where the massacre took place is only 15 km from Chibok, where 276 young students were kidnapped by Boko Haram in April 2014.

In another incident, which took place in the southwest state of Ekiti, suspected Fulani herdsmen killed Rev Johnson Oladimeji as he was travelling home on 26 November. When his wife was unable to reach him on the phone, family members began searching for him. He was found the next day in his car along the side of the highway. Allegedly, the assailants were waiting in the bush and shot at his vehicle as he drove by.

Two days later, in Kaduna state, militant Fulani herdsmen raided two predominantly Christian villages. Seven Christians were killed in the attacks; and two children, named Rebecca and Clement, were kidnapped.

In many areas of Nigeria and several other African nations, Fulani Islamic militants have terrorised communities. While some of the attacks were committed with the intent of plunder, in many cases, Christians have been targeted because of their faith. These repeated acts of militancy have led to the stigmatisation of the Fulani people as a whole.

Sources: Release International, Morning Star News, Sahara Reports

  • Intercede for the victims who have been kidnapped, asking that they too will be sheltered from harm and safely released. Uphold the families of those who have suffered and died in these recent attacks.
  • Pray for God’s strength and protection to be upon all those who are faithfully proclaiming the message of salvation through Jesus Christ to the Fulani people.
  • Pray that there will be a miraculous resolution to these ongoing human rights violations.

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NIGERIA: Boko Haram Kills 12 Christians, Kidnaps Others

NIGERIA: Boko Haram Kills 12 Christians, Kidnaps Others

Militants believed to part of the original Boko Haram sect under the leadership of Abubakar Shekau attacked Takulashi village near Chibok. The attack took place on 1 November, when six-gun trucks filled with insurgents entered the village and started shooting. They killed 12 Christians during the attack and were able to escape, kidnapping multiple women and children. They also burned down many homes and businesses.

According to Rev Zakariya Musa of the Church of the Brethren in Nigeria (Ekklesiyar Yan’uwa a Nigeria, EYN), 9 of the 12 people killed were members of his church. One of the other three was a pastor of the local COCIN church. The final two were vigilantes trying to protect their community members.

This attack is one of the many that Boko Haram has conducted against Christians and their communities across Northern Nigeria. Over the past decade, Boko Haram is believed to have killed more than 50,000 people and displaced millions of others. Many of those killed and displaced have been Christians. The EYN church has lost many of its members. According to reports released by the church leadership, as many as 20,000 members have been killed since 2009.

Source: International Christian Concern

  • Pray for comfort for the grieving families, healing for the wounded.
  • Pray for peace to cover Nigeria, Lord heal this nation and protect your children.
  • Pray that out of all this destruction and loss of life, our God will turn it around for His Glory.

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NIGERIA: Reports of “Unfolding Genocide”

NIGERIA: Reports of “Unfolding Genocide”

For several years, suffering has been a way of life for Christians in Nigeria. In 2010, the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened a preliminary examination into this troubling situation which was formerly caused by the violence of Boko Haram militants.

Thousands of lives have been lost throughout the years that have followed, along with the destruction of numerous homes and churches, and the abduction of hundreds of innocent victims.

As horrific as the crimes perpetrated by Boko Haram have been, this terrorist group has been eclipsed in recent years by Fulani militia groups. While the exact death toll is unknown, Christian leaders claim that over 6,000 believers have been maimed or killed — many of them vulnerable children, women and the aged.

On 15 June, the United Kingdom’s All-Party Parliamentary Group for International Freedom of Religion or Belief released a report titled, Nigeria: Unfolding Genocide? The document outlines the fact that thousands of innocent lives have been lost and multiple homes destroyed, concerns that have prompted the organisation to call on the involvement of the international community. This call includes providing humanitarian assistance for those who are suffering, a response from the international community, and proactive action taken by the Nigerian government.

British representatives have also taken their concerns to the ICC earlier this year, asking for further investigation.

The response of the Nigerian government to allegations referencing its passivity over the horrendous atrocities committed by the country’s militants has been dismissive. President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesperson refers to a “misleading campaign” with “false allegations of persecution of Christians.” Such an apathetic response leads to another concern, questioning potential bias on the part of the president, the son of a Fulani chief.

Sources: Forbes, Christian Post

  • Intercede for Nigeria’s Christians who are facing these ongoing campaigns of violence from various opposing sources.
  • Pray that the government will act responsibly on behalf of these innocent victims by making efforts to halt the violence, protect communities and bring the perpetrators to justice.
  • Pray that action from the international community will foster positive change for the sake of the Nigerian people.

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NIGERIA: Boko Haram Responsible for 59,311 Orphans and 59,213 Widows

NIGERIA: Boko Haram Responsible for 59,311 Orphans and 59,213 Widows

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.