To learn more about what is happening in Nigeria, read Human Rights Watch’s report Spiraling Violence.
Taken from Be-A-Voice Network website.
The campaign of terror against Christians continues in northern Nigeria. More than 100 people were reportedly killed in attacks in and around Jos on July 7 and 8.
VOM contacts report that at least 27 people were killed when Muslim extremists raided more than 10 Christian villages in the latest series of attacks. Another group of 50 bodies was found inside the burned remains of a Church of Christ building.
When mourners gathered to conduct a mass burial for those killed in the attacks, the extremists descended on them at the grave site, dispersing the mourners and killing many others. A federal senator and a state lawmaker were among those killed.
The Muslim insurgent group Boko Haram released a statement claiming responsibility. The statement asserted that “Christians in Nigeria should accept Islam, that is true religion, or they will never have peace.”
Taken from Human Rights Watch article:
Since 2009, hundreds of attacks by suspected Boko Haram members have left more than 1,500 people dead, according to media reports monitored by Human Rights Watch. In the first nine months of 2012 alone, more than 815 people died in some 275 suspected attacks by the group – more than in all of 2010 and 2011 combined.
Boko Haram, which means “Western education is a sin” in the Hausa language of northern Nigeria, seeks to impose a strict form of Sharia, or Islamic law, in northern Nigeria and end government corruption. Widespread poverty, corruption, police abuse, and longstanding impunity for a range of crimes have created a fertile ground for violent militancy in Nigeria, Human Rights Watch said.
Boko Haram’s attacks – centered in northern Nigeria – have primarily targeted police and other government security agents, Christians, and Muslims working for or accused of cooperating with the government.The group has also bombed newspaper offices and the United Nations building in the capital, Abuja; attacked beer halls and robbed banks; and burned down schools.
Taken from Wikipedia:
Twelve northern states have adopted some form of Shari’a into their criminal statutes: Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Niger, Sokoto, Yobe, and Zamfara.
Prayer requests from Voice of the Martyrs:
Please pray for the families of those killed and for those injured in the attacks. Pray that the Nigerian government will take measures to protect Christians and bring the terrorists to justice.
“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified, just as it is with you, and that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men; for not all have faith.” 2 Thessalonians 3:1–2
VOM supports hundreds of Nigerian pastors who continue to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ despite persecution. In addition, VOM provides food, clothing and medical aid to Nigerian Christians who are attacked by Muslim extremists.
Pray also for the aid workers in that country, that they would be protected from the violence of that state and be effective in their ministry to the Nigerian people.