WORLD WATCH LIST

Nigeria

#7

The most violent country for Christians.

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“This house is a ministry God has given to me, to encourage other widows to hold on to God.”

– Martina*, whose husband was killed by extremists

Country
Profile

Region
Africa
Sources of persecution
Islamic Oppression
Population
211,447,000
Christian population
98,006,000
Religions
Christianity
Leader
President Muhammadu Buhari
Score
87
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What Does Persecution Look Like?

Persecution in Nigeria is brutally violent. In much of northern Nigeria, Christians live under constant threat and are specifically targeted because of their faith. Extremist groups like Boko Haram want to eliminate the Christian presence in Nigeria, and Muslim Fulani extremists specifically attack Christian villages.

Christians in some of Nigeria’s northern states also live under Sharia (Islamic) law, where they face discrimination and are treated as second-class citizens.

Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?

In many ways, vulnerability depends on where a Christian lives. Remote villages in Nigeria’s Middle Belt region are at risk of attacks from Fulani militants. And in the northeast, any community of believers is at risk of attack from Boko Haram.

Because of the violence, thousands of Christians are forced to live in camps for internally displaced people (IDPs). Many have lost their homes and loved ones, and are now refugees within their own country. Women and girls are even more vulnerable.

PRAY FOR NIGERIA

– Pray that President Buhari and state governors will work to find lasting solutions for peace.

– Pray for healing from the high level of trauma that men, women, and children face.

– Pray for protection and wisdom for our local partners who travel and risk attack or abduction.

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