Religiously-related violence continues to tear apart northern Nigeria. Last year thousands of lives were lost, hundreds were abducted and tens of thousands of people were displaced by both the Islamist terror organisation Boko Haram and well-armed Fulani herders. With elections taking place this week, there are concerns of a recurrence of the deadly sectarian violence that broke out in the north following the 2011 presidential elections. Continue reading “Christian Solidarity International – This week’s Prayer Diary: Nigeria”
The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love. Psalm 33:18
I’m writing this week to ask you to pray urgently for Nigeria. The events of the last week have left me almost speechless with horror.
Hundreds of lives have been lost over two days, in the most brutal attack yet from Boko Haram, an Islamist terror organisation which has vowed to rid Nigeria of Christianity.
Devastating accounts from survivors reveal the extent of the horror that unfolded as Boko Haram razed Baga Town and several other towns to the ground. The inhabitants have all been either killed or forced to flee. Almost all the houses and churches have been destroyed. Continue reading “Christian Solidarity Worldwide – Urgent prayer for Nigeria”
(See HERE a transcription of this documentary)
Strategy behind attacks on ‘most vulnerable’ to intimidate and terrorize all
As the world vacillates between outrage and numb impotence in the face of Boko Haram’s recent kidnapping of about 230 teenage girls from the mainly Christian enclave of Chibok, northern Nigeria, the questions “Why these girls?” and “How much longer?” beg yet again for answers. But from whom?
A timely piece of research has now appeared to help us understand: it comes from Nigeria’s Political Violence Research Network, a new collaborative group. The data in Our Bodies, Their Battleground: Boko Haram and Gender-Based Violence against Christian women and children in North-Eastern Nigeria since 1999 has been offered and assembled at considerable personal risk by hundreds of courageous women and dozens of determined men. Continue reading “World Watch Monitor – How Does Boko Haram Justify Kidnap of 230 Nigerian Teenage Girls?”
In the 1990s, Imam Ashafa and Pastor Wuye led opposing militias in Northern Nigeria. Now the men work together bridging religious conflicts between Christians and Muslims that have killed thousands.
‘My hate for the Muslims then had no limits’ states Pastor Wuye, whose militia killed Imam Ashafa’s spiritual leader and two cousins. Ashafa spent 3 years planning revenge, until one day, a sermon on forgiveness changed his life. The men met and are now working on a peace accord. Imam Ashafa explains, ‘even though we differ in some theological issues, we will make the world a safer place’.