In connection with the International Days of Prayer for the Persecuted Church, we will spend the 2 weeks surrounding November 1 & 8 praying for the 10 nations where Christians face the worst persecution. Check back each weekday from October 26 through November 6 for a post focusing our prayer on a particular nation, and consider making prayer for the persecuted church a regular part of your personal worship. “Remember the prisoners, as though in prison with them, and those who are ill-treated, since you yourselves also are in the body.” (Hebrews 13:3)

#10 – Nigeria

2400px-Flag_of_Nigeria.pngGovernment: Federal presidential republic
President: Muhammadu Buhari
Population: 183 million
Christians: 89 million (48.6%)
Persecution Level: Extreme
Persecution Source: Islamic extremism (e.g., Boko Haram)
Other Information: Nigeria is divided between a predominantly Christian population in the South and a predominantly Muslim population in the North. Many of Nigeria’s northern states have adopted Islamic law, and much of the violence stems from a desire to extend that trend into the South and make Nigeria an Islamic state. An average of 10 people are killed by Boko Haram each day, most of whom are targeted because of their Christian faith.

Prayer Points:

  • That the girls of Chibok and the many others kidnapped by Boko Haram will be returned to their homes
  • That the thousands of Christians who have been displaced in northeastern Nigeria will be reunited with their families and receive relief help and trauma counseling from Open Doors workers
  • That all those affected by the violence and trauma of Boko Haram would rest secure in God

Source: Open Doors; The Voice of the Martyrs (some info outdated)