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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

Jul 21 2016

Youth Attack Worshipers at a Nigerian Catholic Church

Found in Prayer

Muslim youth attacked church members and property after their Friday prayers. “You can only worship on Sundays!” they shouted.


Jul 11 2016

#PRAYER REQUEST: Nigerian Christian Stabbed During Ramadan

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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.


Jun 21 2016

Community Restoration

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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.


Jun 10 2016

Christian Accused of Blasphemy, Beaten to Death in Kano, Nigeria

Found in Prayer

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.


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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