Black clad Muslim terrorists attacked Christians in the Northern Nigeria State of Kaduna on Saturday night, 23 February. Witnesses said that the gunmen spoke in Fulani. The majority of the Fulani tribe are Muslim. The assailants carried sophisticated weapons and shot up the Christian village on a 3-hour killing spree.
John Audi, of St. Patrick's Church said: "The raid came as a shock, as area Christians had been living without enmity toward anyone. We were all scattered, and some that were shot were crying. We all ran for cover where we believed we could avoid being hit by the bullets."
At about 10pm on 1st October, heavily armed Muslims attacked the off-campus hostels of the Federal Polytechnic State University, College of Health Technology and several private residences of Christians in the Tudun Wada Wuro Patuje area of Adamawa state. The assailants demanded to know the names of each student. Those with Christian names were shot, or stabbed. Their bodies were left in lines outside the student hostels.
Dear Friends and Family
Greetings in the precious and mighty Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
I am happy to report that I have safely arrived back from a very successful and enlightening Mission to Nigeria.
I was privileged to be part of a team from Shalom Ministries (better known for their Mighty Men's Conferences) that had been invited to Nigeria to witness and assist in the vision for God's Kingdom in Taraba State, Nigeria.
Since the establishment of Sharia Law in Northern Nigeria, in 2001, over 13,750 Christians have been killed for their faith by Muslims. Just since December 2011, over 300 churches have been destroyed in Northern Nigeria.
5 Million Christians in Northern Nigeria live under severe persecution. Radical Islamic groups regularly issue ultimatums to Christian communities: "You have three days to leave, or you will die!" Christians throughout Northern Nigeria are continuing to suffer a series of attacks which are often pre-planned and well co-ordinated. There are many attempts to force them to convert to Islam under the threat of death. Many have courageously died as Martyrs rather than deny Christ.
Another Church Attacked
The Deeper Life Bible Church in Otite was attacked by AK-47 wielding Islamicists at an evening service on Monday, 6 August. At least 19 people were killed, including a pastor in this attack. Otite is near Okene in Kogi State, much further South than previous Boko Haram terrorist attacks.
Boko Haram Terrorism
In February, Boko Haram had attacked a jail in Kogi State to free inmates. In April, the Nigerian Security Forces raided a bomb-making factory in Okene, killing at least 9 Boko Haram terrorists. Reportedly 10 terrorists carried out the attack on The Deeper Life Bible Church this last Monday.
Muslim Jihadists continue to attack Christians in Northern Nigeria. Rev. Dachollom Datiri of The Church of Christ in Nigeria has reported that over 100 members of the Church of Christ were killed by Muslim assailants in 12 villages: Dogo, Kakkuruk, Kuzen, Kai, Kura Falls, Maseh, Negon, Ninchah, Pwabiduk, Ngyo and Ruk in Plateau state.
Even before its Independence in 1960, Nigeria had been a battleground between the Muslim North and the Christian South. Nigeria has never really been one homogenous country. The area today known as Nigeria existed as a number of independent and hostile nations until 1900. Britain was requested to intervene in the area in the 1800s, by the Yoruba king, to stop the ravages of the slave trade.
The first step towards building Nigeria came in 1900 with the creation by the British government of the Northern and Southern Protectorates, along with the Colony of Lagos. In May 1906, the Colony of Lagos and the Protectorate of Southern Nigeria was amalgamated to become one administrative area.
Three more churches in Northern Nigeria were attacked by suicide bombers on Sunday, 17 June. The churches were attacked in Kaduna state, which lies on the dividing line between the Muslim North and Christian South of Nigeria. The Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA) in Wusasa, the Cathedral of Christ the King in Zaria, and Shalom Church in Trikania, were hit simultaneously in co-ordinated suicide bombing attacks during Sunday morning services on 17 June. This was the third Sunday in a row that churches in Nigeria have been bombed. A Pentecostal church in Plateau state was bombed on 10 June, killing 2 and injuring over 40 Christians. The attack on Christ's Chosen Church of God was the second bombing of a church in Jos in one week. In Borno state, 2 Christians were killed as gunmen shot up a service.
Nigeria is a country of contrasts and conflict. Nigeria has a Muslim north and a Christian south. However, unlike Sudan, in Nigeria it is the Christians who are the majority.
Nigeria is the largest nation in Africa (140 million people in 490 ethnic groups). In fact, Nigeria has more Christians, and more Muslims, than any other country in Africa.
Christians have been severely persecuted in Nigeria's northern states. Literally hundreds of churches have been destroyed and thousands of Christians murdered in recent years with car bombs and suicide bombers targeting churches.
Beheaded in Tunisia
Assist News Service has reported on a young male convert to Christianity being beheaded by Islamic militants in Tunisia. Graphic footage filmed in Tunisia was aired on Egypt Today, showing the militants reciting the Quran and chanting Islamic slogans and curses in Arabic, while the "apostate" who had refused to recant his conversion to Christ, was calmly praying before being beheaded. It was not long ago that Tunisia was regarded as the most free and open of all Arab states. The popular support for murdering of Arabs who convert to Christianity, bodes ill for the Arab Spring.
Jihad in Nigeria
At least 15 people were killed and more than 40 seriously injured on Sunday, 3 June, when a Boko Haram suicide bomber drove his car into a checkpoint outside The Living Faith Church in Bauchi. The explosion, which occurred at 9:20am, sent shrapnel through believers who were fellowshipping outside, after the church's first worship service. The explosion also hit the Harvest Field Church only 25m away across the road, causing part of the church building to collapse on worshipers.