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NIGERIA: Christians March in Protest of Killings

NIGERIA: Christians March in Protest of Killings

On 3 February, approximately 5 million Nigerian Christians marched and protested in 28 Nigerian states. The three-mile march was led by the General Overseer, Enoch Adeboye, of the Redeemed Christian Church of God in Lagos.

The walk was the culmination of a three day fast, requested by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) to raise awareness and call upon President Buhari to take action against the senseless murders of Christians that have been taking place in the past few months by Boko Haram and their affiliates.

The protest was most closely linked to the death of Lawan Andimi, the late chairman for CAN in Adamawa state.

Adeboye had refrained from similar protests and actions in the past but decided to lead this march. Several politicians praised him for taking action. Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is a member of his congregation.

Source: International Christian Concern

  • Thank the Lord for the solidarity displayed by the church in Nigeria.
  • Uphold the many victims of violence all over the nation.
  • Pray for President Buhari, that he will be granted wisdom and strength and that God would use him to bless the nation of Nigeria. Pray too that he may come to an understanding of the Gospel.

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INDONESIA: Trial of Christian Governor at a Crossroads

INDONESIA: Trial of Christian Governor at a Crossroads

An Indonesian court will decide next week whether to push forward with a controversial blasphemy trial of Jakarta’s Christian governor, who is accused of insulting the Koran, a judge told a hearing on Tuesday.

Several hundred Muslim protesters stood outside the Jakarta court, calling for the jailing of Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, an ethnic Chinese politician, known by his nickname Ahok.

A rival group of his supporters unveiled a banner with a map of Indonesia calling for unity and saying “Ahok is a blessing”.

A prosecution lawyer said the charges against the governor were legal and the trial should continue, dismissing a claim by the defence that naming Purnama a suspect had violated his human rights and breached procedures.”The defendant under the prosecutors’ charges has violated articles 156 and 156a … but there was no violation of procedures,” said Ali Murkatono, referring to the codes of the blasphemy law, which can carry a jail term of up to five years.

Some have stated that this trial represents religious tolerance on a larger scale in Indonesia, and the decision from this trial could have strong repercussions in the direction Indonesia takes. Already, some ethnic and religious minorities are under tensions as acts of violence or discrimination against them have increased since the trial began.

Source: International Christian Concern

 Prayer Points

  • Ask God to give Governor Purnama wisdom and gracious responses throughout proceedings as a testimony to the Indonesian authorities and public.
  • Pray that Governor Purnama’s example will embolden other Indonesian Christians to lift the name of the Lord high and to honour Him in everything.
  • Pray that God will use this case to bring positive change to Indonesia’s laws, allowing Christians greater freedom to practise their faith.