Boko Haram’s sole purpose as a militant Islamic group working out of Nigeria, is to institute Sharia or Islamic law in Nigeria and Western Africa. After beginning a violent campaign to establish an Islamic caliphate in northern Nigeria 10 years ago, Boko Haram has killed an estimated 35,000 civilians. Boko Haram aligned with the Islamic State in 2015.
Terrorists are still active in the northeastern part of the country where the group originated and has displaced thousands of people, effectively closing many churches. According to local pastors the Boko Haram uprising has been the greatest challenge to Christians in northern Nigeria. Christians were either killed or forced to flee to other parts of the country or to neighbouring countries. The suicide bombings and other attacks have displaced an estimated 2.3 million people from their homes. Nigeria’s military has retaken most of the area that Boko Haram had seized in Borno state, but the group continues to carry out kidnappings and guerrilla attacks.
Nigeria ranked 12th on Open Doors’ 2019 World Watch List of countries where Christians suffer the most persecution.
- Pray for the local church in Nigeria for strength and boldness to proclaim the truth and preach the gospel to Muslims and other unbelievers during this time of persecution and violence.
- Pray that the members of Boko Haram will have encounters with Jesus Christ and will turn from evil to the Saviour of the world.
- Pray for volunteers and missionaries that can provide care and counselling for all the people who have been traumatised by terrorist kidnappings and bombings.