2014 has not been a good year for Christians in Northern Nigeria. You’ll probably now be familiar with the militant group Boko Haram and their kidnapping of nearly 200 schoolgirls from Chibok. But the story doesn’t end there – here’s a few facts about Nigeria that you might not know.
However, most of these Christians live in the south; Christians are in the minority in northern Nigeria. Islam has dominated the north of the country since the 1800s.
Nigeria is a secular nation, so this is controversial. In the article Islam: Governing Under Sharia, the Council of Foreign Relations says, “Some interpretations [of Sharia] are used to justify cruel punishments such as amputation and stoning, as well as unequal treatment of women in inheritance, dress, and independence. The debate is growing as to whether Sharia can coexist with secularism, democracy, or even modernity.”
In Kaduna state, Christian villages are regularly attacked by Muslim Fulani herdsmen, who often target women and children. At the end of June one of their attacks killed an estimated 123 people.
Young Christians aren’t always able to access secondary school or higher education. Some have been told to deny their faith before they will be given a job. Christian communities are often unattended by the government, leaving them without basic facilities such as clean water, clinics and roads.
Amazingly, many congregations in northern Nigeria are still reaching out to Muslims in innovative ways and seeing a steady stream of Muslims coming to Christ.
We support people who are beaten, tortured,
imprisoned, falsely accused, and hated simply for following Jesus.