17 JUNE ’20 | PRAY FOR NIGERIA
Dear prayer partners,
On Saturday 13 June, in Nigeria’s volatile northeast Borno state, about 20 soldiers and more than 40 civilians were killed, and many injured, in twin Islamist attacks. These attacks overwhelmed the local hospital, forcing some of those injured to lie waiting for assistance outside the facility. The militants burned down the United Nations’ humanitarian aid office in the area and set fire to the police station. Jihadist fighters handed out letters to residents, in the local Hausa language, warning them, “not to work with the military, white Christian Westerners or other ‘non-believers’ and humanitarian aid agencies.”
Just a few days earlier, at least 81 people were killed in an attack on another village in Borno state. Around the same time, nine Christians were killed in a gun and machete attack, and seven others were kidnapped in North-central Nigeria. The latest attack follows similar Fulani herdsmen attacks on predominantly Christian communities in Idazau, Etissi, Bakin Kogin, Dutsen Gora, Ungwar Gora, Pushu Kallah and Magunguna villages.
Since 2001, more than 60,000 people have been brutally killed, and many more injured and kidnapped, in Nigeria’s restive central and northern regions. Land use is central to the conflict, however, in the last ten years, the conflict has intensified due to droughts and radicalised religious undercurrents. Herders are traditionally nomadic and Muslim Fulani, and make up about 90% of Nigeria’s pastoralists, while many of the farmers are Christians of various ethnicities. The conflict has resulted in thousands being displaced, and a high poverty rate.
On 30 January, a statement was released by Christian Solidarity International (CSI) warning of a pending genocide in Nigeria and called on the permanent members of the UN’s Security Council to take action. Nigeria is home to about 200 million people of whom 51.3% profess to be Christian, however, Nigeria ranks 12th on Open Doors World Watch List – which ranks the top 50 countries where it is most difficult to profess and practice the Christian faith.
Please join with us in praying for Nigeria.
“A revival of real praying would produce a spiritual revolution.” (E. M. Bounds)