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Pray for the protection of villages targeted
by militants in Plateau State, Nigeria.
Photo: Flickr / Jeff Attaway

Fulani militants recently attacked several Christian villages in the Riyom Local Government Area of Plateau State. Twelve villagers and a soldier were reportedly killed in the assault.

Meanwhile, the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram recently abducted more than 40 people, a number of whom are Christians. Among those seized on September 30th were a mother and her newborn twins. (Boko Haram was also responsible for the kidnapping of hundreds of schoolgirls in April. For more information on that incident, please visit this page.)

Earlier in September, a group of bishops in the country called the government to do more to protect the lives and properties of citizens. Their statement included the following remarks: "As Nigeria tragically bleeds and burns, we bishops are alarmed at the scale of human and material destruction, and at the disruption of village and community life with increased levels of hatred and the potential for more conflicts in the nation. While Muslims are sometimes targets of these destructive attacks, Christians, churches and non-Muslims in general are the principal targets for extermination, expropriation and expulsion by the Boko Haram insurgents, the perpetrators of all this destruction."

Let us bring those who are injured or mourning the loss of a loved one to our Lord, praying that they will have the assurance of His comforting promise to be especially near to the broken-hearted and crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18). Pray also that those who were abducted will be shielded from additional harm and very soon freed from captivity so they can safely return to their homes and concerned families. May the witness of faithful Christians in Nigeria serve as a powerful testimony to the members of Boko Haram who are perpetrating such atrocious crimes, so that these militants may repent and come to faith in Jesus. Finally, ask that God will grant wisdom to Nigeria's church leaders and governmental authorities as they work to resolve the ongoing unrest in their homeland.

For more information on Nigeria's persecuted church, visit our Country Report.