#12 in Christian persecution, Nigeria.

Seemingly constant violence

Nigeria’s score for violence has stayed as high as possible, primarily due to the increased attacks on Christian communities by Hausa-Fulani Islamic militant herdsmen. These attacks claimed the lives of hundreds of believers during the reporting period, and scores of villages and churches were burned to the ground. Additionally, in parts of northern Nigeria, Christians are treated as second-class citizens with individuals from Muslim backgrounds facing Chrisitan persecution from their own families.

How Christians are suffering

Most Christians in the southern part of the country live in an environment in which their religious freedom is respected. However, Christians in the north and in the Middle Belt suffer from violence perpetrated by militant Islamic groups. Such violence often results in the loss of life and physical injury, as well as loss of property. As a result of the violence, Christians are also dispossessed of their land and means of livelihood. Christians in northern Nigeria, especially in the Sharia states, face discrimination and exclusion as second-class citizens. Christians with a Muslim background also face rejection from their own families and pressure to give up Christianity.

Corruption has weakened the state, making it ill-equipped to protect Christians from the violence perpetrated by groups like Boko Haram. Sometimes, churches are used as vehicles for money-laundering. Churches that are perceived to be associated with such criminal activity (i.e. receiving donations from criminal benefactors) often end up being targets of crime-related violence.


On February 17, 2014 Boko Haram militants attacked a Christian farming village in Borno State. The attack, in which 106 people were killed, specifically targeted male residents of the Christian community.

On April 24, 2018, militant Fulani herdsmen attacked a Catholic church in Benue State during a morning service, killing two priests and 17 parishioners. After the “shooting rampage,” the attackers reportedly “descended on the community and razed over 60 houses, farmland, food barns, after carting away what the people had in their barns.”

On June 23, 2018, 120 Christians were killed by Fulani militants in Plateau State, as they returned from attending a funeral.

Pray for Nigeria

Pray for Christians in the middle of Nigeria, who are facing increased hostility and attacks from Fulani militants.Sharia law has been implemented in 12 northern states and Christians there face marginalization and discrimination. Pray that these Christians would not be discouraged. Pray they will not be tempted to give up the faith in pursuit of an easier life.Pray for Fulani militants, the members of Boko Haram and other extremist groups. Pray that God will touch their hearts with His truth.Despite the challenges, the Church continues to grow in Nigeria. Pray for wisdom, courage and true servanthood for pastors as they seek to serve these believers who often face challenges. Pray they will have the necessary resources to lead their congregations to full knowledge of God, filled with hope and endurance.Often, the government of Nigeria has been accused of being slow or unwilling to address attacks against Christians. Pray for courage and for peace.Open Doors partners with the local church to strengthen, support and equip persecuted believers in northern Nigeria. Pray that these efforts will glorify God. Pray for strength, protection and godly wisdom for workers as they interact with the broken-hearted. Pray their compassionate care will assure our brothers and sisters they are loved and never alone.

Nigeria Photo Gallery

Stories from Nigeria

September 5, 2019

The courage to speak out

field_5c51546cb495f… Read More


September 3, 2019

Breaking: Nigerian presidential team confirms Leah Sharibu is alive

field_5c51546cb495f… Read More


August 12, 2019

8,000 children abducted by Boko Haram—pray for the children of Nigeria

All of the Nigerian children in these images have been persecuted by extremists—mostly Boko Haram. Read More


1 view0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


Matthew 14:29 (Berean Study Bible) Come. People are attracted to Christ for different reasons. Peter, who was always a little adventurous (John 21:7), wanted to test his faith. He wanted to be sure th

Release International Prayer Shields, Laos and India

Laos Pray that God’s word will spread across Laos, despite restrictions. Bibles are not sold in book shops and the Government restricts distributions of Bibles and Christian literature. Laos Pray that

#28 in Christian persecution, Mali

REGION Africa PERSECUTION TYPE Islamic oppression RELIGION Islam PERSECUTION LEVEL Very High POPULATION 20,284,000 CHRISTIAN 467,000 GOVERNMENT Semi-presidential Republic LEADER Interim President Bah