WHO IS THE LEADER OF NIGERIA?
President Muhammadu Buhari is the leader of Nigeria.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN NIGERIA?
91 million Christians live in Nigeria – they make up around 46 per cent of the total population of 196 million. There are a similar number of Muslims in Nigeria – over 90 million.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN NIGERIA?
In Nigeria, the majority of Christians live in the south of the country, and their religious freedom is respected. But in the north of Nigeria and the ‘Middle Belt’, where Christians are in the minority, they face horrific levels of persecution at the hands of Islamic extremists.
The militant group Boko Haram have abducted and killed those who refuse to conform to their extremist brand of Islam. Attacks by armed groups of Muslim Fulani herdsmen have resulted in the killing, maiming, dispossession and eviction of thousands of Christians. Twelve of the northern states are under Sharia (Islamic law), and Christians in these states face discrimination.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN NIGERIA?
In some northern states, increasing numbers of Christians are dressing like Muslims to make their faith less obvious and reduce the chances of attack. Christian young people in these states are frequently denied access to higher education, and Christians have been asked to give up their faith in order to be given work. Christian women and girls are in danger of being abducted and forced to marry. When Christians are displaced by the violence in the region, they face discrimination when government aid is distributed because of their faith.
"Wherever these resources are coming from, may God pay you back a thousand-fold and may He renew your strength. We plead that believers all over the world will pray that God will bring an end to all these killings because we have become homeless, fatherless and orphaned due to the attacks."
- Mary, a Christian displaced by Islamic extremists, who received support through Open Doors partners
HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN NIGERIA?
You can give to provide vital support
Open Doors partners with the local church to strengthen persecuted believers in Nigeria with training, community development, emergency relief, trauma care and legal assistance.
£30 can provide two days of trauma care training for a church leader or lay leader in Africa, so they can help others begin to recover from their traumatic experiences of persecution.
You can SPEAK OUT
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You can pray
Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”
A PRAYER FOR NIGERIA
Lord Jesus, thank You for the courage of my brothers and sisters in northern Nigeria. Please provide protection and provision for them. May Your love shine through Nigerian believers, giving them grace to witness to those around them.