Nigerian Christians have faced constant attacks in the form of church bombings and shootings that have left hundreds dead over the last year, but worshippers are showing courage by insisting they will continue gathering at churches no matter what.
“The Bible teach me that we should have faith in God. This is our town. This is our home. This is where we should worship so we feel very free,” expressed Amako Laraba, a mother of two from the Assemblies of God Church in Kaduna.
Militant Islamic sect Boko Haram has been waging war on the country’s Christians throughout northern Nigeria. In the city of Kano this past Sunday, 20 people were killed when terrorists believed to belong to the militant group opened fire on a fleeing crowd that had gathered for service at Beryo University.
Four other Christians, including a pastor, were shot dead on the same day in the city of Maiduguri when gunmen opened fire at worshippers leaving Church of Christ in Nigeria.
Christians have had enough of the constant attacks against them and the seemingly helpless government to protect them, and are demanding Nigeria’s forces step up the fight against Boko Haram by offering worshippers protection at the places they are most often targeted – at church.
Some of the new security measures that are finally being set up around Nigeria’s churches include volunteer security guards checking trucks and cars entering church parameters, as well as metal detectors being used. Hopes are attackers with guns or explosive devices will be deterred, at least to an extent, from carrying out further massacres on church-going citizens.
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SOURCE: Christian Post