Nigeria (MNN/VOMC) – Government authorities in northern Nigeria’s Borno state plan to demolish 25 churches and schools, ostensibly to make room for new housing. However, no plans for the housing development have been produced, says Voice of the Martyrs Canada. Christian leaders believe this is yet another attempt by local governments in northern Nigeria to persecute the Christian minority. (Other informative reports can be accessed at the Nigeria Country Report.)
The proposed demolitions would compound the security challenges that these believers are already facing from the militant group, Boko Haram. “We have seen the eviction notice from the Borno state government,” says Dr. Asake, general secretary of the Christian Association of Nigeria. “We are Nigerians, and there are other places where the state government can develop. The areas earmarked for demolition are already developed with churches and schools. Christians have already suffered enough in Borno state.”
Pray that the demolitions will not go through, and that God would maintain these places for worship, education, and meeting. Pray that these Nigerians will be successful in sharing the gospel with their Muslim neighbors. You can be involved in other ways to. Click here to learn about opportunities to give and volunteer with VOMC.