(Reading time: 1 - 2 minutes)
Maiwada Galadima - Photo: Anonymous
Dr. Raphael Maiwada Galadima

Nigerians from various areas of the country are facing threats and attacks from members of the Boko Haram terrorist group. Last month, a market in Kaduna erupted into violence and threats, leading to clashes between Christian and Muslim youth. As a result, 55 people were killed and, subsequently, numerous arrests have been made.

Grieved over this terrible situation, a tribal leader of the area, Dr. Raphael Maiwada Galadima, visited the site. However, as he was leaving, his entourage was attacked by a group of men who ended up killing four security escorts and kidnapping Dr. Galadima. Despite a ransom being paid for the leader's negotiated release, he was executed on October 26th. This is the second Christian community leader who has been kidnapped and murdered in Kaduna state this year.

During the funeral on November 10th, Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso called on all people to seek peace. He challenged them by saying the war is not between Christians and Muslims. Instead, as the church leader further explained, "Our country is at war with fanatics, kidnappers, terrorists and opportunists who are criminals in every sense of the word."

At last report, six suspects have been arrested in connection with the kidnapping and murder. At least one is known to be a member of Boko Haram. For more details on the situation facing Christians in Nigeria, go to our country report.

Pray for peace in Nigeria. Uphold the church leaders as they encourage their youth to not repay with violence nor seek any other form of vengeance. Remember the country's government leaders and police as they seek to establish order, protect innocent citizens, and stop the threats of rebels seeking dissension and harm. Also, keep in prayer those still in captivity, such as Leah Sharibu. (A previous report on Leah's situation is available here.)

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.

end

Select a Region

Nigeria News

  • Multiple Attacks on Christian Villages
    Rubble of a home
    A burned home in Kagoro, Kaduna State.
    Photo: Gideon Agwom Mutum via Morning Star News

    The Nigerian state of Kaduna experienced multiple attacks on predominantly Christian villages between March 17th and March 24th. Due to the nature of these recent attacks, the exact number of victims is not yet cl

    ...
  • Leah Still in Captivity After Four Years
    Leah Sharibu
    Leah Sharibu

    February 19th marked the fourth anniversary of the abduction of Leah Sharibu, a Nigerian schoolgirl who was kidnapped by Boko Haram terrorists when she was only 14 years old. Originally, 110 students were captured during the raid. Five died following the attack and, after negotiations,

    ...