Will President Buhari’s second time period deliver change for Christians in Nigeria?

Nigeria (MNN) – Nigeria’s election has come to an finish. President Muhammadu Buhari, who has served because the nation’s chief since 2015, will serve a second four-year time period.

Beneath President Buhari, the nation has fought towards the terrorist group, Boko Haram, and religious-related assaults in sure areas. In northern areas of Nigeria, specifically, Christians have confronted many assaults and been focused due to their religion.

Non secular Assaults in Nigeria

On March 18, 2019, PREMIUM TIMES stories that Boko Haram militants attacked Michika, a Christian-majority city in northern Nigeria. Nigerian troopers responded. Nevertheless, earlier than troops arrived, many individuals from Michika had been compelled to flee and others had been killed.

Morning Star Information additionally stories the assault of Christians within the Kaduna state by Fulani herdsmen on March 16. They stated about 10 folks had been killed, together with youngsters, and 30 homes had been burned.

With this assault, a complete of 130 Christians have killed by Fulani herdsmen in Kajuru County in Kaduna state between February 10, 2019 and March 16, 2019 .

“When the Fulani come into a village and attack, they specifically ask which houses do the Christians live in? Where does the Church meet?” Voice of the Martyrs’ Todd Nettleton says.

“Those houses are targeted, and sometimes, the Muslim house right between two Christian houses is left completely alone, and the two Christians’ houses are burned to the ground. This is Christians being targeted and attacked. It’s not sort of random violence.”

There may be ongoing strain and assaults of believers in Nigeria.

“The sad news is it’s become so common that we don’t even notice if another Church was attacked in Nigeria. It’s not newsworthy because it happens all the time.”

Final 12 months, President Donald Trump addressed the persecution of Christians in Nigeria with President Buhari and inspired Nigeria to take motion and “to protect innocent civilians of all faiths including Muslims and including Christians.”

President Trump acknowledged President’s Buhari battle towards terrorist teams however identified the battle between the Fulani herdsmen and Christians should cease.

Will change occur in Nigeria?

Now in his second time period, will President Buhari deliver any change for persecuted believers in Nigeria?

“Our expectations are it’s going to be more of the same there. There’s going to be attacks. The government will say things about how they’re going to respond and how they’re going to get control of the situation. But, one of the stories that we hear consistently in these attacks in northern Nigeria is that some of the attackers had military uniform. Some of the attackers had military weapons,” Nettleton says.

“So, it’s hard to imagine that in his second term, there will be some dramatic shift in how Christians and churches are being protected in northern Nigeria that we haven’t seen over the last four years.”

(Photograph courtesy of Voice of the Martyrs through Fb)

Nettleton encourages believers to not ignore the information of persecution of believers within the area.

“We can’t grow numb. We can’t just say it was another attack in Nigeria, and then go on into our week as if nothing happened. These are our family members. These are our brothers and sisters, and they are laying down their lives to go to Church on Sunday, to follow Christ, even just to be a Christian.”

Pray for change in Nigeria. Pray President Buhari will use his second time period to handle non secular persecution happening in his nation.

Additionally, reward the Lord as many Muslims in Nigeria are placing their religion in Him.

“Thousands of Fulani are now following Jesus Christ. So there is a good side to this story. Let’s not grow weary in paying attention to it or in praying for our brothers and sisters there.”



Header photograph courtesy of Voice of the Martyrs through Fb.

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