The Problem

100,000 million Christians face persecution simply for following Jesus 
The Problem


Leader: President Goodluck Jonathan
Population: 183.5 million (89 million Christians)
Main Religion: Islam, Christianity
Government: Federal republic
Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism
World Watch List Rank: 10

The basics

Thousands of Christians have been killed or abducted by Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group who claim to have established a ‘caliphate’ (Islamic state) in northern Nigeria. On a smaller but no less devastating scale, Christians are also the target of Hausa-Fulani Muslim herdsmen, who have destroyed hundreds of churches and killed thousands of Christians. Twelve of the northern states have adopted Islamic law, and Christians are frequently discriminated against in this region, with Christian villages often lacking clean water and health clinics, and Christians being denied access to secondary school and higher education.

Where is it?

What to pray for:

  • For an end to violence by Boko Haram and Hausa-Fulani Muslim herdsmen, and wisdom for the government to deal with these groups effectively
  • For protection for Christians, particularly girls, and for the safe release of all who are held captive
  • Praise God that, despite their fear, many Christians continue to reach out to their neighbours with the gospel. Ask God to use His church to shine as a light in the darkness.


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