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.
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...
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.
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.