Praying for Christians in Nigeria

By Nnamdi Maduka

There is a growing appeal for action as Christians continue to be persecuted in Nigeria.

“Every day,” says Father Joseph Bature Fidelis, of the Diocese of Maiduguri, “our brothers and sisters are slaughtered in the streets.”

In a dramatic appeal to the charity, “Aid to the Church in Need”, Father Fidelis says the situation in northern Nigeria continues to deteriorate for Christians who are under attack by fundamentalist Islamic militants.

His latest appeal follows the abduction of four young seminarians in the city of Kaduna, in north western Nigeria. An estimated 1000 Nigerian Christians were murdered in 2019 alone for their faith. Some 6000 of them have been killed since 2015.

Although the government of Muhammadu Buhari says it has put a number of security measures in place, it appears incapable of preventing continued violence.

Father Fidelis appeals on behalf of Nigerian Christians, ‘please help us not be silent in the face of this immense persecution’.



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