Published: 00:01 GMT Standard Time - Friday 23 December 2011
Advent Prayer - Nigeria
Project(s): 39-970, 39-772
Country/Region: Africa, Nigeria
Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews?” Matthew 2:1-2
|Women survey the damage following
anti-Christian violence in Northern Nigeria in 2011
Recent events in Nigeria have increased the problems faced by Christians in the North and Middle Belt. Christians found themselves on the receiving end of yet more hostility and violence following the re-election of Christian president Goodluck Jonathan in April 2011. Enraged supporters of the defeated Muslim candidate from the North, Muhammadu Buhari, went on the rampage, claiming the poll was rigged, though international observers called this election the fairest in decades. Scores of people were killed in the unrest, but the violence has raged on throughout the year, with Christians and churches coming under sustained attack across the volatile Plateau State. The Islamist militant group Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for much of the violence.
Nigeria is a nation divided between a strongly Muslim (about 93%) North and a mainly Christian (about 80%) South. The population of the Middle Belt states is more evenly mixed. Christians in the North have suffered discrimination for many years, with restrictions on church buildings and poor treatment of their children in schools. Elements of sharia have been introduced in twelve Northern states and Christians have to submit to it in certain respects.
Barnabas Fund sent aid to Christians who were affected by the violence in 2011, which saw up to 15,000 people displaced. On 18 April 2011 an entire Christian village in Kaduna State was reduced to ashes by a Muslim mob and its water supply contaminated with pepper, firewood, clothes and other rubbish. Barnabas sent funds to help the residents of the village to rebuild their homes and provide a new borehole for drinking water. A local partner told us that the donations greatly encouraged the recipients and they were glad that “...the body of Christ thought of them and acted in goodwill towards them”.
Barnabas Fund projects in Nigeria include:
This article is taken from
“Praying for the Persecuted Church in Advent 2011” -.