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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Boko Haram suspected in deadly attacks

The militant Boko Haram sect is suspected in weekend attacks on villages in Nigeria’s beleagured northeast that left scores dead. News reports said the attackers, armed with military rifles, shoulder-launched grenades and firebombs set fire to the villages of Ngoshe, Kaigamari and Anchaka, in Borno state. The attackers fired on […]

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Nigeria’s churches will not stay silent during violence, leader says

Nigeria’s churches will not stay silent during violence, leader says

Nigeria’s largest church network is calling on the country’s president for more protection from Boko Haram attacks. The president, meanwhile, is calling for more prayer. “We will not keep silence amidst persecution Christians are facing,” Rev. Ayo Oritsejafor, president of the Christian Association of Nigeria, told World Watch Monitor on […]

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Nigeria ‘at war’ with Boko Haram

Nigeria ‘at war’ with Boko Haram

Goodluck Jonathan pictured at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland in January.Jolanda Flubacher, WEC / Flickr / Creative Commons   The Nigerian President’s spokesman has said that the conflict with Boko Haram is a “war situation”. Speaking to Lagos-based Channels TV on Feb. 28, Doyin Okupe […]

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Nigeria’s deadly winter

Nigeria’s deadly winter

Attackers stormed this Catholic church during mass, blocked the main door, detonated homemade bombs, and opened fire.Twitter / @ChristianPost   The new year has begun in exceptionally violent fashion in north-eastern Nigeria, prompting Christian organisations to renew their pleas for better government security. Boko Haram, the militant group that wants […]

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