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The Rev. Felix Tyolaha,
one of the church leaders
slain during recent attacks.
Photo: Morning Star News
via Diocese of Makurdi

Several recent attacks by Fulani herdsmen in Nigeria's "Middle Belt" have resulted in at least 93 fatalities. The violence against Christians has sparked outrage in Nigeria and throughout the world, calling for more action to curb the ongoing violence and resulting tragic loss.

On April 24th, a mob of gunmen attacked a church in the village of Ayar-Mbalom during an early morning service. Two church leaders and 17 congregants were shot dead. The attack has been condemned by Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, who calls the attack an effort to exacerbate sectarian divisions and violence.

In previous raids, which took place during the middle of the night, 25 Christians were killed in Anyiin village on April 19th, and a further 10 in Saghev village on April 20th. Numerous homes and businesses owned by Christians were burned to the ground at the time of the attacks.

The largest attack in recent days has resulted in the loss of at least 39 people in three different villages on April 25th, and the burning of 160 homes. All the victims were members of various churches in the communities.

Christians throughout Nigeria have been staging protests, claiming that President Buhari is not doing enough to protect them from the violence. In light of the unabated killings, the Catholic Bishop's Conference of Nigeria is calling for Buhari's resignation. In a face-to-face meeting at the White House on April 30th, U.S. President Trump told President Buhari that something must be done, stressing "we cannot allow" the continuous murder of Christians. It has been noted that Buhari, himself, is the son of a Fulani chief. Reports on previous incidents are available here.

Please bring the Christians in Nigeria before God's throne of grace. Pray that He will mightily intervene, providing the Nigerian authorities an effective proactive strategy that will help put an end to the violence. Also remember those who have been injured, the families and friends of those killed, and the many other victims who are now struggling to survive without a home or place of business.

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC works with in-country partners to encourage and strengthen persecuted Christians through a variety of methods. Christians are equipped with audio bibles to distribute to their persecutors. Christian widows receive skills training and trauma counselling as a way to provide an income for their families and heal from the trauma they’ve faced in losing their husbands. Children who have lost parents and relatives due to attacks are provided with a safe place to grow and be nurtured. Medical fees are paid for Christians who have suffered injuries due to attacks by Boko Haram and Fulani. Discipleship and vocational training are given to Muslim Background Believers to help them start their new lives spiritually and practically. The Glenn Penner Scholarship Award is used to help equip persecuted Christians completing their Masters and have a heart to share the Gospel with the lost in their community.

Project Funds: Women’s Ministry, Bibles, Medical Fund, Families of Martyrs, Equipping the Saints, Relief & Development

Country Information

219,463,862 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Hausa (30), Yoruba (15.5), Igbo (15.2), Fulani (6), Tiv (2.4), Kanuri/Beriberi (2.4), Ibibio (1.8), Izaw/Izon (1.8), Other (24.7)

Religion (%)
Islam (53.5), Christianity (45.9), Other (0.6)

President Muhammadu Buhari (2015)

Government type
Federal presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of English common law, Islamic law (in 12 northern states), and traditional law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Nigeria

May God minister great comfort and healing to all who have been injured or bereaved as a result of the militants' brutal attacks. In addition, pray for the remaining abducted Chibok schoolgirls, that they will be assured of the Lord's abiding presence as they await release from captivity. Continue to uphold President Buhari and other members of the Nigerian government as they make further attempts to rescue the remaining girls and provide protection for vulnerable citizens. As they persevere in their endeavours to overcome terrorism, may they be granted wisdom, courage, strength and help from on high.


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