World Watch List Rank: 14
Leader: President Muhammadu Buhari
Population: 191.8 million (95.9 million Christians)
Main Religion: Islam, Christianity
Government: Federal republic
Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism
"Lord, we pray for persecuted Christians living fearfully in Nigeria. We pray for your protection, comfort and provision. Be with them and work powerfully to bring about change in this nation. "
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Open Doors are currently running a crisis appeal for Nigeria:Visit the website
Hundreds of Christians were killed in northern Nigeria in 2016.
While the Nigerian army has had some success in tackling the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram, most of the recorded killings have been carried out by Hausa-Fulani herdsmen, a radical Islamic tribe that frequently targets Christian communities. In 12 of the northern states, Sharia (Islamic law) has been implemented, and Christians in these states face discrimination and restrictions in accessing community resources, such as clean water, health clinics and higher education.
Open Doors are currently running a crisis appeal for Nigeria:
In northern Nigeria, where a humanitarian crisis is unfolding as 1.8 million people face starvation, Christians who have already been displaced by extremists are being denied access to vital aid because of their faith. Find out more on their website.
Bishop Mike Moses from Adamawa State, Nigeria, describes the violent persecution faced by Christians in northern Nigeria, the faith that helps them keep going, and the support they have received from their global church family.
Open Doors partners with the local church to strengthen and equip persecuted believers in northern Nigeria through the following activities:
- Training to strengthen believers facing persecution
- Helping children to receive a Christian education
- Providing care and discipleship training for new believers
- Servant leadership and theological training for church leaders
- Community development projects
- Legal assistance
- Emergency relief and trauma counselling.