The issue has gone unnoticed in Nigeria, “perhaps because of the patronage Joshua enjoyed among senior government officials, politicians and celebrities”.
Dozens of members of Baptist churches killed in Plateau State as worship hall is converted into mosque.
Open Doors publishes a new edition of the World Watch List identifying as many as 78 countries with high levels of hostility against Christianity in the world. North Korea and Nigeria stand out among those with “extreme persecution”.
In Plateau alone, where the latest massacre took place, at least 315 Christians have been killed and 80,000 displaced since April 2023. The Christian Association of Nigeria organised a demonstration.
Armed groups attacked around 20 small villages in Plateau state in 2 days. Christian leaders urge authorities to take action to prevent future threats.
“This is the third attack on our community. Please pray for us”, say evangelicals in the area.
In the days of the Assemblies of God World Congress, all kinds of conversations took place on the fringes of the programme. Like the stories of Oleksandr from Israel and Emmanuel from Nigeria.
Christian leaders in Nigeria believe herdsmen attacks on Christian communities are inspired by their desire to forcefully take over Christians’ lands and impose Islam.
The state has been severely hit lately by Fulani herdsmen, who also killed 46 Christians last June.
France, Spain, Germany and Ukraine are mentioned in the 2023 USCIRF report, which was criticised for its way of addressing the persecution of Christians in Nigeria.
A gathering in Olso brought together 61 Christian leaders from a migrant background. “Many migrants are more bold with their faith and their testimonies. This is a great resource for the churches”.
A university professor in Nigeria analyses the socio-political context before the 25 February presidential election.
On 25 February, the most populated country of Africa elects its new president. A Christian university lecturer in northen Nigeria analyses the socio-political scenario.
There is “extreme persecution” in 10 countries in Africa and the Middle East, says Open Doors. Elsewhere, worrying trends are observed in key geopolitical actors such as India, Saudi Arabia and China.
Unity, integrity, and long-term commitment is what Africa needs from evangelical Christians, says Goodwill Shana from Zimbabwe.
Fulani extremists attacked several towns, burning more than 100 houses. 53 Christians were kidnapped and are still held captive.
Islamic militants threaten to forcibly marry kidnapped women.
A bomb and gun attack left more than 70 victims during a mass in the southwest of the country.
Churches and shops damaged as Muslims demand release of suspected killers of Christian university student.
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The Islamic country replaces North Korea at the top of the World Watch List after 20 years. One in seven Christians worldwide suffers persecution, says Open Doors.
The Reverend Dauda Bature of the First Evangelical Church Winning All in Kaduna state, was kidnapped by armed Muslim Fulani herdsmen in November while working on his farm.
It was the second attack on Christians in the area in one week. Fulani herdsmen killed six Christians from one family and other four were killed in four homes.
At least eight more Christians slain in October. “Christians are being killed, and the government exhibits carelessness”, said evangelical leaders in Kaduna.
The mob burnt down the family home, the premises of the New Life church where he was a pastor, and the school.