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Since the release of the 21 Chibok students last October (pictured above), 82 more girls have recently been freed. (World Watch Monitor)
Since the release of the 21 Chibok
students last October (pictured above),
82 more girls have recently been freed.
Photo: World Watch Monitor

Boko Haram released a video on May 12th claiming to show a few Chibok schoolgirls refusing to be part of the recent "swap deal" in which 82 of the girls had been rescued by the Nigerian government in exchange for five terrorist commanders.

In the three-minute video, a girl dressed in a veil and holding a gun introduces herself as Maida Yakubu, one of 276 schoolgirls kidnapped by the Boko Haram terrorist group in April 2014. During the taping, three other girls in veils sat behind her. When asked by a man in the background why she doesn't want to go back home to her parents, she replies: "The reason is that they live in the town of unbelief. We want them to accept Islam."

Presidential spokesman Garba Shehu disclosed after the 82 were released that one girl had indeed refused to leave. He added that the abducted teen declined to be part of the release deal because she had married a Boko Haram fighter. On the same day, Boko Haram released a second video claiming to show five commanders whom were freed by the Nigerian government in exchange for the 82 girls.

The girls were reunited with their families on May 20th in a special ceremony. They will require extensive medical testing followed by remedial training before returning to school. An estimated 113 Chibok schoolgirls are still unaccounted for which means further attempts will need to be made to rescue as many as possible. Previous reports on this situation are available here. To view a short news clip of the recent reunion gathering, go to CNN News.

Please commit these rescued Chibok schoolgirls to the Lord as they now recover from their traumatic ordeal and eventually transition to life at home with their elated families. Continue interceding for the girls still in captivity, and for the thousands of other Nigerians who have suffered from violent attacks and tragic loss at the hands of the Boko Haram terrorists. Additionally, please uphold those in governing authority, asking the Lord to grant them needed wisdom and strength. May He use the political and spiritual leaders of Nigeria to accomplish His good purposes and bring greatly needed healing to the victimized people of this troubled nation.

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC works with in-country partners to encourage and strengthen persecuted Christians through a variety of methods. Christians are equipped with audio bibles to distribute to their persecutors. Christian widows receive skills training and trauma counselling as a way to provide an income for their families and heal from the trauma they’ve faced in losing their husbands. Children who have lost parents and relatives due to attacks are provided with a safe place to grow and be nurtured. Medical fees are paid for Christians who have suffered injuries due to attacks by Boko Haram and Fulani. Discipleship and vocational training are given to Muslim Background Believers to help them start their new lives spiritually and practically. The Glenn Penner Scholarship Award is used to help equip persecuted Christians completing their Masters and have a heart to share the Gospel with the lost in their community.

Project Funds: Women’s Ministry, Bibles, Medical Fund, Families of Martyrs, Equipping the Saints, Relief & Development

Country Information

Population
219,463,862 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Hausa (30), Yoruba (15.5), Igbo (15.2), Fulani (6), Tiv (2.4), Kanuri/Beriberi (2.4), Ibibio (1.8), Izaw/Izon (1.8), Other (24.7)

Religion (%)
Islam (53.5), Christianity (45.9), Other (0.6)

Leader
President Muhammadu Buhari (2015)

Government type
Federal presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of English common law, Islamic law (in 12 northern states), and traditional law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Nigeria

May God minister great comfort and healing to all who have been injured or bereaved as a result of the militants' brutal attacks. In addition, pray for the remaining abducted Chibok schoolgirls, that they will be assured of the Lord's abiding presence as they await release from captivity. Continue to uphold President Buhari and other members of the Nigerian government as they make further attempts to rescue the remaining girls and provide protection for vulnerable citizens. As they persevere in their endeavours to overcome terrorism, may they be granted wisdom, courage, strength and help from on high.

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