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Dr. Amos Arijesuyo - Photo: Facebook / Inside Life Blog
Dr. Amos Arijesuyo
Photo: Facebook

Suspected Fulani herdsmen killed Dr. Amos Arijesuyo, a pastor and university deputy registrar, on January 16th. He was travelling from Ibadan to Akure in Ondo state with four others when they were stopped in an ambush. Both the driver and Dr. Arijesuyo were shot by the assailants, requiring urgent medical attention in hospital where the pastor succumbed to his injuries. The driver is recovering from a shot to his arm.

Dr. Arijesuyo served as the deputy registrar, as well as the head of the guidance and counselling unit, at the Federal University of Technology Akure. A spokesperson for the university condemned the death, calling it a "senseless act." He further stated, "Our prayers and thoughts are with the wife, children and family members of our departed colleague at this difficult period of unquantifiable grief." A member of Christ Apostolic Church where Dr. Arijesuyo was pastoring described him as "born intelligent and a passionate man of the Word (of God)."

According to the 2021 World Watch List from Open Doors, more Christians were killed for their faith in Nigeria during the past year than any other country in the world. It is second only to Pakistan in overall violence, and trails China in the number of churches attacked or closed. For more information on the persecution of Christians in Nigeria, and to review previously posted reports, go to our country report.

Remember Dr. Arijesuyo's wife and children in your prayers as they grieve the sudden death of their loved one. Pray for his church congregation, colleagues and students who are also trying to cope with this loss. May those responsible for the attack be brought to justice and come to a point of repentance before God and their fellow Nigerians. Ask the Lord to help governing authorities find ways to stifle the violence from being continually perpetuated throughout the country.

Current Ministry Projects

VOMC works with in-country partners to encourage and strengthen persecuted Christians through a variety of methods. 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 master's degrees and have a heart to share the Gospel with the lost in their community. Food aid is also provided to persecuted Christians living in IDP camps throughout Nigeria as an opportunity to encourage them and help them rebuild their lives.

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

Country Information

Population
203,452,505 (July 2018 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Hausa (27.4), Igbo (14.1), Yoruba (13.9), Fulani (6.3), Tiv (2.2), Ibibio (2.2), Izaw/Izon (2), Kanuri/Beriberi (1.7), Igala (1), Other (28.9)

Religion (%)
Islam (51.8), Christianity (46.9), Traditionalist (0.9), Unspecified (0.5)

Leader
President Muhammadu Buhari

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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