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.
Muslim youth attacked church members and property after their Friday prayers. “You can only worship on Sundays!” they shouted.
On Wednesday, June 8, Francis Emmanuel, a Nigerian believer, was brutally attacked for his faith. A group of Muslim youth stabbed him several times outside of a restaurant in Kakuri, northern Nigeria.
Can you remember the last time a part of your community was destroyed? Acts of nature. Vandalism. Old construction. These all can cause a community's important landmarks and buildings to be destroyed. For most of our communities, insurance covers the damages, and soon there is a newer, shinier building in its place.
Incited by false accusations that she had committed blasphemy, a vigilante mob brutally executed a Nigerian Christian shopkeeper, the wife of a pastor in Kano.