Human rights organizations monitoring the ongoing violence taking place against Christians in Nigeria are now raising concerns of an imminent genocide. More than 50 believers have been killed in the month of March and over a dozen more during the first week of April. Since the beginning of 2020, at least 410 Christians have been murdered. Most of the violence was perpetrated by jihadist Fulani militants. For more details on the suffering facing Nigeria's Christians, go to our country report.
In one recent incident, the predominantly Christian village of Ancha had its eighth attack in three years on March 31st. According to one witness, militants entered the village during the night, then began shooting and burning houses. Three victims were slain in that attack. "We are in great distress here," laments Ishaya, a Christian survivor. The next day, the village of Hukke was also raided. Seven Christians were killed and 24 houses were destroyed. Various other villages were invaded on the same day.
Prayerfully lift up these Nigerian believers who are under the threat of relentless attacks without any warning or provocation. Ask for God's mighty intervention in the midst of this turmoil and for His presence to provide greatly needed comfort to those experiencing pain -- including the families and friends of all those who have been slain in the attacks. Also uphold Nigeria's governing authorities who need wisdom and help from on high as they continue in their efforts to restrain these militants from causing further suffering, destruction, and loss of innocent lives. Ultimately, may God's love, righteousness, and peace prevail.