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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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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Nigerian Christians on frontline vow to stay despite 40 ‘barbaric’ student deaths

Nigerian Christians on frontline vow to stay despite 40 ‘barbaric’ student deaths

President Goodluck Jonathan’s commiseration visit to relatives on Oct 15th, two weeks after the murder of about 40 students from three higher education institutions in Mubi, in Adamawa state, northern Nigeria, has failed to elucidate further the motive behind the deaths. What has become clear, however, is that the perpetrators […]

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‘I will never forget that day’

‘I will never forget that day’

It has been nearly three months since Hannatu Dantong’s husband died. She has been surrounded by his colleagues and family during this time, but still is in a deep state of mourning. “I find the greatest comfort in Psalm 23,” Dantong said. “I am reminded that the Lord will always […]

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Violence topples Nigeria’s ‘bridge’

Violence topples Nigeria’s ‘bridge’

Gyang Dantong was killed while attending a funeral. He was among a handful of elected members of Nigerian government attempting to bury the more than 100 Christians killed just the day before, when Muslim gunmen had rampaged through several villages in Nigeria’s central Plateau state. The sheer scale of the […]

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