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Nigeria

RegionAfrica
Sources of PersecutionIslamic Oppression
Population191,836,000
Christian Population88,906,000
ReligionsIslam/Christian
GovernmentFederal Republic
LeaderPresident Muhammadu Buhari
Score77/100

Nigeria

Nigeria: Divided In Two.
While the south of Nigeria is majority Christian, the 12 northern states are governed by Sharia law. Christianity here comes at a high cost. In recent years Boko Haram has killed and displaced thousands of believers. The northern government denies Christians basic access to things like medical care, education and humanitarian aid.

Second-Class Citizens.
In northern Nigeria, Christians are seen as second-class citizens. It’s not unusual for Christian villages to miss out on funding for roads, hospitals and schools. 

Young Christian girls often go missing – they are abducted and forced into Muslim marriages. The town of Chibok became infamous when 276 Christian girls were kidnapped. Many have been released, but their trauma will need time to heal. 

While there are large churches in the south, the middle belt of Nigeria is becoming a battleground. Christians in these states are beginning to experience more violence and discrimination. 

Your help makes a difference for persecuted Christians in Nigeria by:

  • Trauma counselling and preparing Christians to face persecution. 

  • Emergency relief and supporting displaced Christians.

  • Discipling new Christians.

  • Access to basic services like education, medical care and clean water.


“It made me cry every time I heard what happened in the villages. Our faith is based upon forgiveness, as we learn from the Word of God. God forgives us because we have sinned against him. So we must apply that in our lives. That is what I preach... They raided everything that was in my house, they looted it... they broke into my house and made off with all my things. So, it is not easy to forgive, but we have to do that." –
Elijah* (*name changed for security purposes), pastor from northern Nigeria, the heart of the Boko Haram insurgency. He lost his brother and a few uncles in the insurgency and his house was looted twice.

Pray for Nigeria

Pray for protection for Christian women in danger of being kidnapped and forced into marriage.

Pray for joy and strength as the church works to help thousands of displaced Christians.

Pray for God to provide for Christian communities in need of clean water and medical aid.

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