16 Christians Killed in Back-to-back Attacks in Nigeria

Image shows the aftermath of an attack in Nigeria against Christians. (Photo courtesy of Voice of the Martyrs Canada on Facebook)

Bloodshed continues unabated in Nigeria. At least 16 believers lost their lives last week in back-to-back attacks.

Islamic State militants preyed upon a Christian village in northeast Nigeria on Tuesday, killing eight. On Thursday, Fulani herdsmen attacked believers in a nearby state, also killing eight people.

“[In] this northern part where all these issues are happening, the government is turning a blind eye to the atrocities,” World Mission’s Greg Kelley says.

“It’s frustrating to everybody, even the moderate Muslim community, because they realize instability in their country prevents international investment. It destabilizes any business activity, any kind of growth from an infrastructure standpoint.”

Removing Nigeria from the 2022 United States International Commission for Religious Freedom (USCIRF) list was a “devastating move,” Kelley says, because the removal “[suggests] Nigeria is making progress in this area.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Ask the Lord to protect believers and Gospel workers in Nigeria.
  • Pray Islamist violence and persecution will end.