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Godwin Jonathan Bakoshi
Photo: Morning Star News

Christians residing in Nigeria's Kaduna State have faced a series of attacks by gunmen in recent weeks, resulting in numerous deaths, in addition to kidnappings. While the exact numbers vary, the victims include children, youth and adults.

On August 5th, four villages in the Zangon Kataf region were attacked by armed Fulani militants. In the rampage, at least 22 people have been killed and many homes burned to the ground. According to witnesses, gunmen entered the villages at night and began shooting at random. These attacks follow similar raids that took place in the same area this past July, resulting in more than 20 dead and several wounded.

On August 16th, four Christians were travelling through Kajuru County when they were stopped by militants. While their driver was kidnapped, the Christian passengers -- which included three men and an elderly woman -- were killed instantly. One of those killed, Rev. Adalchi Usman, was a pastor from the village of Unguwan Madaki.

On August 17th, the body of Godwin Jonathan Bakoshi was recovered. This young man had been missing since July 29th. On August 18th, Fulani herdsmen attacked the village of Unguwan Gankon, killing a 16-year-old student, Takama Paul, as well as Kegas Malachy, a father of three. The attackers fled when neighbours came to the rescue.

These reports are only a few examples of the alarming atrocities that have taken place in recent weeks at the hands of Fulani militants. For more information on the ongoing violence perpetrated against Nigeria's Christian communities, go to our country report.

Please continue to pray for our suffering Christian brothers and sisters in Nigeria who are facing ongoing threats of violence. Ask God to especially minister to all those who have tragically lost loved ones, homes and/or experienced injury due to the attacks. Intercede for an urgently needed resolution to the horrendous crimes of the Fulani militants, and for firm action to be taken by the Nigerian authorities to ensure the safe rescue of the abducted and put an end to the senseless violence. May the many victims of these crimes receive greatly needed healing, comfort, peace, and the hope of a brighter future.

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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