STORIES YOU MAY HAVE MISSED… AND WHY THEY MATTER

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By Donnelly McCleland Jesus challenged His disciples to be aware of what was going on around them (Luke 12:56) and to respond to changing times from His perspective, rather than seeing things through their human understanding. 2020 was one of those monumental years – on a global scale. Covid-19 has quite possibly impacted every person…

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SUICIDE BOMBER AND GUNMEN ATTACK VILLAGE IN CAMEROON

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On 8 January, an attack attributed to the terrorist organisation, Boko Haram, killed at least 12 people in the northern Cameroonian village of Mozogo. Boko Haram fighters reportedly raided the village, firing sporadically, forcing many residents to flee into a park where a suicide bomber in their midst detonated an explosive device. Sources could not…

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2 DECEMBER ’20 | PRAY FOR NIGERIA

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Dear prayer partners, On Saturday 28 November, according to a UN statement, armed men killed an estimated 43 people (possibly more) who were working in rice fields, in a gruesome attack in north-eastern Nigeria, another six were wounded and several people are believed to have been kidnapped. The killings took place early Saturday afternoon in…

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PEACEFUL PROTESTS TURN VIOLENT IN NIGERIA

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Judicial panels have been established in several Nigerian states to investigate police brutality across the country and the shooting of unarmed protesters in the country’s financial hub of Lagos on 20 October. The establishment of an independent body to oversee the investigation and prosecution of all reported cases of police misconduct and abuse has been…

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17 JUNE ’20 | PRAY FOR NIGERIA

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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…

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SOUTH AFRICANS AND OTHERS TAKE STOCK AMID VIOLENCE

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6 SEPTEMBER 2019 (SOURCE: VOA) – South Africa has begun assessing the toll of the week’s anti-immigrant violence, which, according to authorities, has claimed 10 lives, injured scores more, incited fear, hobbled business activity, and strained relations with other African countries. In a televised address Thursday, President Cyril Ramaphosa denounced the attacks that began Sunday,…

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NIGERIA’S BUHARI WINS SECOND TERM AS PRESIDENT: ELECTORAL COMMISSION

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27 FEBRUARY 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari won a second term at the helm of Africa’s largest economy and top oil producer, the electoral commission chairman said on Wednesday, following an election marred by delays, logistical glitches and violence. He defeated his main opposition candidate Atiku Abubakar, a businessman and former vice president. Buhari…

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DOZENS KILLED IN NIGERIA POLL VIOLENCE: OBSERVERS

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25 FEBRUARY 2019 (SOURCE: REUTERS) – As many as 39 people have been killed in election violence in Nigeria, civil society groups said on Sunday, as the country awaited the results of voting in what was forecast to be its tightest election since the end of military rule in 1999. The Situation Room – which represents more…

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ISSUE 191 |29 MARCH 2018

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NIGERIANS KILLED IN NEW YEAR ATTACK ON RIVERS CHURCH

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2 JANUARY 2018 – At least 16 people have been killed by gunmen in southern Nigeria after a New Year’s Day church service, police say. The group had attended a midnight service before they were ambushed in the early hours of Monday, police told the BBC. The incident, which happened in the oil-rich region of Rivers state,…

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