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About Nigeria

  • Leader:Muhammadu Buhari
  • Government:Federal republic
  • Population:182.3 million (80.5 million Christians)
  • Main Religion:Islam/Christianity
  • Persecution Level:Severe
  • Source of Persecution:Islamic extremism

On 29 May 2015 Muhammadu Buhari was sworn in as president. In his inauguration speech he promised to bring “increased prosperity” to the country, and also vowed to tackle corruption and the insurgency headed by Boko Haram which he described as “a mindless, godless group, who are as far away from Islam as one can think.” Despite Buhari’s intention to fight Boko Haram, which has been responsible for much of the violence against Christians in recent years, the continuing violence against Christians in the Middle Belt region of Nigeria remains an enormous source of concern.

Recent News from Nigeria

Nov 11 2016

Another Chibok Schoolgirl Has Escaped

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Maryam Ali Maiyanga was identified as one of the lost schoolgirls as soldiers screened escapees from Boko Haram's base in the Sambisa forest, bringing another ray of hope in the ongoing Chibok narrative.


Nov 4 2016

Suicide Bombing in Nigeria

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Five people were killed and many others wounded in a suicide bombing at a camp for Internally Displaced Persons in Nigeria. Thirty minutes later, explosives were set off at a nearby fuel depot.


Oct 12 2016

Islamic Extremism and Its Effect on Women

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We have seen the unfortunate trend around the world of Islamic extremist groups oppressing and taking advantage of women. The kidnapping of the Chibok girls in April of 2014 was an instance of this violence that the world caught notice of. Hannatu*, a 16 year-old girl, is recovering from a very traumatic experience of violence from an Islamic extremist...


Sep 20 2016

Is Boko Haram More Extreme Than Islamic State?

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Can someone be too extreme even for the Islamic State? It seems that in recent weeks, there has been a rift between the two Islamic extremist groups, Boko Haram and ISIS, over Islamic State’s decision to replace its leader, Abubakar Shekau.


Feb 29 2016

Killing of Christians in Nigeria Has Increased By 62%

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The 2016 World Watch List show a staggering 62% increase in violent killings of Christians in northern Nigeria as churches in Nigeria unite to highlight this problem for the first time.


Prayer Points for Nigeria

  • Pray for President Buhari to come to know Jesus Christ as his Savior and Lord.
  • Pray for Boko Haram militants to experience genuine conviction of the Holy Spirit.
  • Pray for Christians who have lost homes, friends and family members to persecution.

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