The Nigerian army has had some success subduing Islamist group Boko Haram, but Christians are still being killed in Nigeria. Many of the killings are carried out by nomadic Hausa-Fulani herdsmen, a largely Muslim ethnic group that frequently targets the more settled Christian farming communities of central Nigeria. Meanwhile, 12 of Nigeria’s northern states employ Sharia (Islamic law), and Christians in these states face discrimination and restrictions in accessing community resources, such as clean water, health clinics, and higher education.

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Goodluck Jonathan’s amnesty gamble

Goodluck Jonathan’s amnesty gamble

A month ago, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan said he would not negotiate with the militant Islamic sect Boko Haram because they were “ghosts,” faceless adversaries who would not step forward. That was then. This Wednesday, the President is scheduled to formally inaugurate a committee to explore amnesty for Boko Haram […]

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Nigeria explores amnesty for Boko Haram

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday made good on an idea he has been floating for a week: He formed a committee to explore amnesty for Boko Haram. The government released a statement that the panel will “constructively engage key members of Boko Haram and define a comprehensive and workable framework for […]

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Kano bus bomb prompts religious leaders to joint call for urgent measures

Kano bus bomb prompts religious leaders to joint call for urgent measures

A car bomb attack in a Christian enclave of Kano, the largest city in mainly-Muslim northern Nigeria, has heightened religious and ethnic tensions throughout the country. At least 25 people have been killed and at least 60 others injured, following the 18th March suicide bomb attack in a bus station […]

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Widest church grouping raises funds for Boko Haram’s almost 800 victims during 2012

Widest church grouping raises funds for Boko Haram’s almost 800 victims during 2012

The most dangerous country for a Christian to live during 2012 was, arguably, Nigeria. That’s what research for the 2013 edition of the World Watch List shows up: it’s produced by the global Christian organisation Open Doors, whose researchers monitor the persecution of Christians worldwide. “Between November 2011 and October […]

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Gunmen kill 12 Nigerian Christmas-Eve worshipers

Gunmen kill 12 Nigerian Christmas-Eve worshipers

UPDATE: In two separate attacks, gunmen shot and killed 12 worshippers who had gathered for Christmas-Eve services. One attack occurred in the northeaster Nigerian state of Yobe. Among the dead was the church’s pastor, according to news reports. The second attack occurred at a Baptist church in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state. […]

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Nigeria – twin suicide attacks on Kaduna church, after future Archbishop of Canterbury visits

Nigeria – twin suicide attacks on Kaduna church, after future Archbishop of Canterbury visits

Amidst continuing attacks on Churches and Christian communities in northern Nigeria, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair has launched a faith-based programme to promote religious tolerance in the country. Eleven people were killed and thirty others injured in two successive suicide attacks on Sunday, November 25 at […]

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