Muslim protesters went on a murdering rampage throughout northern Nigeria following the presidential elections on Apr. 16. Though the crisis started as a political protest, it rapidly escalated into anti-Christian violence. Numerous churches, Christian businesses, homes and cars were burned and destroyed. Thousands of Christians are now trapped and spread throughout military and security barracks.
VOM contacts state they have never seen anything like this in northern Nigeria before. One VOM contact wrote, “The state governorship election [is] still to come. We only pray that things will be under control. We call on brothers and sisters all around the world to pray, for God to take control.
Please pray for the families of the slain Christians and those who have lost property and businesses. Pray for a hedge of protection around President Goodluck Jonathan and other Christians who are now refugees. Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in Nigeria that will bring even the most hardened of criminals to faith in Jesus Christ.
“And if one member suffers, all the members suffer with it…” 2 Corinthians 12:26a
VOM supports hundreds of Nigerian pastors who have been persecuted but continue to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ. Our ministry also provides food, clothing and medical aid to Nigerian Christians who are attacked by Muslim extremists.