Extremists Threaten Nigerian Churches During Christmas Season

The photo shows a family in rural Zamfara State. (Photo courtesy of CDC Global, CC BY 2.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0&gt;, via Wikimedia Commons)

Christians in Nigeria’s Zamfara State remain cautious after receiving threatening letters from extremists. The letters, delivered to local police stations, told Christians to close their churches or face death. Police have increased security for churches, but Fulani bandits now mostly control the rural areas of Zamfara State.

Todd Nettleton with The Voice of the Martyrs USA says it’s not unusual for extremists to target churches during the Christmas season. “That seems to be what is happening in Zamfara State. A letter was delivered to the police saying ‘We’re going to attack Christians. We’re going to attack churches, between now and Christmas.’ The police are certainly treating it as a credible threat. They have warmed the Christian community. They have warned church leaders, ‘Hey, be on the alert, be cautious.’ We’ve got a few days until Christmas. We’ll see what actually happens.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

CALL TO ACTION

  • Ask God to protect Nigerian Christians and give them courage this Christmas.