“Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen”
We want to pray concerning the harvest in Nigeria. As some of you are aware, Nigeria is passing through a very difficult time. The church in Nigeria is facing an existential threat as ISIS, having been displaced from Syria and North Africa, now seeks to establish a stronghold in Northern Nigeria. Two deadly jihadist groups, Boko Haram and Islamic State of West African Province (ISWAP) have come together under ISIS, and Fulani Bandits (who are also driven by the same islamist agenda) now operate freely in some parts of Nigeria.
Thousands of Christians have been abducted from schools and their homes and are made to forcefully convert to Islam, those who refuse are killed. It is estimated that in the past 12 years, over 49,000 Christians have been killed; over 18,000 have been kidnapped, over 2,000 churches have been destroyed and millions have been displaced and are now in IDP camps, having lost their homes and means of livelihood.
The jihadists specifically target pastors, missionaries and churches for their attacks. They have vowed to eliminate Christianity from Northern Nigeria. This is no doubt a pushback against the gains made in missions in the past century.
Government’s inaction and complicity sometimes, has emboldened these groups and many people fear that Nigeria may be thrown into ethno-religious conflict that may result in the breakup of the nation and create a refugee problem that would affect not only Africa but the entire world. Nigeria has over 200 million population!
The Country is not stable. Serious division/cracks are endangering the peace. People are still dying in numbers because of Covid-19, even those who are vaccinated (the over 60s). Education structures and strategies are failing our students, teachers do not attend for fear of Covid-19. We are experiencing too many School drop outs. Unemployment figures are staggering high.