| Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and the seventh most populous country in the world. In 2005, together with Egypt, Nigeria was identified as one of the two African “Next Eleven” economies – countries that have the potential to become leading economies in the 21st century.
Nigeria is officially a secular state, with a constitution that allows for freedom of religion. However, unofficial lines have been drawn within the country along the Islam-Christian divide. Muslim citizens are the clear majority in the north, while the population in the south-eastern regions is predominantly Christian (together with widespread traditional beliefs). Since 1999, Muslim state leaders have imposed Sharia law in 12 northern states and parts of four others. Conflict between Muslims and Christians has escalated over the past few years.
In 2011, Muslim terrorist group Boko Haram openly stated that they want to eradicate Christianity from the North and govern it entirely under Sharia law. Boko Haram, whose name is translated to mean “Western education is forbidden,” wants Islamic Sharia law to be imposed across the whole of Nigeria.
Western Africa, bordering the Gulf of Guinea, between Benin and Cameroon
Sent 3700; Received 6000
LEAST REACHED PEOPLE GROUPS:
- For the dismantling of widespread corruption in Nigeria
- For the hundreds of children kidnapped by terrorists
- That leaders, kings and politicians will rule with Godly wisdom and in righteousness
- That Christian teachers and student leaders may be encouraged and strengthened as they are being witnesses
- For an emphasis on discipleship and balanced Bible teaching in the Nigerian church
- For persecuted Christians in the Northern states
- For God’s forgiveness to those who are responsible for bloodshed and political violence