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.
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.
Esther, one of the 47 women that were abducted by Boko Haram from the Chibok State Secondary School in 2014, recently escaped. While it is not known as to how she escaped, her arrival is an answer to many prayers.
Deborah Shettima* has lived in Maiduguri, the birthplace of Boko Haram, throughout the insurgency that has gained momentum since 2009.
Urgent prayer is needed for a Christian-majority community in the Demsa local government area of Adamawa State in Nigeria’s northeastern region. Local sources report that at least 26 people have died in attacks on Kodomun and other nearby villages by Muslim Fulani herdsman.