Former Nigerian Governor allows ‘under-age’ marriage loophole into Constitution

Former Nigerian Governor allows ‘under-age’ marriage loophole into Constitution
The first Governor to introduce sharia law into a Nigerian State (Zamfara, in 2000), now a Senator, has succeeded in stopping the removal of a clause from Nigeria’s Constitution, which critics say remains a loophole through which marriage of under-age girls remains possible under sharia law. It happened during the . . . Read More

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 . . . Read More

Africa rises on World Watch List of worst persecutors

Africa rises on World Watch List of worst persecutors
Africa, where Christianity spread fastest during the past century, now is the region where oppression of Christians is spreading fastest, a new report says. The two-year-old Arab Spring has toppled autocrats across Northern Africa, but it also has energized militant Islamist movements that have killed hundreds of Christians and endanger . . . Read More

Sudan border dispute brings destitution to thousands

Sudan border dispute brings destitution to thousands
As politicians wrangle ahead of an early December deadline over the still-disputed status of the oil-rich region of Abyei, straddling the border of Sudan and South Sudan, local church leaders appeal for help in the face of a potential humanitarian crisis. Both governments have been asked to approve an African . . . Read More

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 . . . Read More

Islamists bomb three churches in Kaduna, Nigeria

Islamists bomb three churches in Kaduna, Nigeria
Suspected Islamic extremists bombed three churches in Kaduna state this morning, the third consecutive Sunday that worship services in Nigeria have ended in lethal bloodshed. In a predominantly Christian area of Zaria known as Wusasa, a suspected Islamic extremist crashed a car into a barricade at an Evangelical Church Winning . . . Read More