This is not a study. Instead it is a plea for anguished prayer, a plea for fasting and a plea for action because Nigeria is in real trouble as Christians there face daily terror, persecution and the sorrows of death from terrible affliction from extreme radical Islam's Boko Haram who are tied to the horrors that al-Qaida afflicted in America with the terror attacks of 9/11. I think that since that time, the world has begun to see what the Bible calls Jacob's Trouble, some call it the war on terror. For now, the threat and intimidation is isolated in waves like birth pangs, it has not reached the global pandemic of the Great Tribulation.
Our duty is to do everything we can and to provide prayer and support of those that face the abyss of tribulation in Nigeria from Boko Haram, or anywhere we see Jacob's Trouble. In Nigeria, Boko Haram was founded by Muhammad Yusuf. Its terror has been active since 2002, but in 2010, Abubakar Shekau took command of Boko Haram and he announced that “jihad has begun” and he turned his focus of horror on targeting women and children.
You may not realize it due to the currently disinfected reports from our moderated, western news sources here in the U.S. but if you are like I was and thinking that "Tribulation" is down the road in the prophetic time-line for those that profess Christianity in a rapture escape... then think again, re-read your Bible and what Jesus had to say, believe the words of truth from Messiah's warning:
"For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these [are] the beginning of sorrows.Just like the tribulation events we are seeing today in Syria or in Egypt where Christians face tribulation from the Muslim Brotherhood, in Nigeria, Africa the Boko Haram terrorists have brutally attacked and murdered thousands and thousands at dozens of churches, schools and Christian homes all across northern Nigeria with knives, bullets, bombs and arson.
Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another." Matthew 24:7-10
Nigeria is becoming much like Sudan where nearly 2.5 million people have already been killed according to religioustolerance.org by the Janjaweed, the Arab Muslim government sponsored militia, and many more Christians face hatred and the prospect of death for what they profess to believe just as Jesus (Yeshua) said.
And tribulation in Africa is not just in Nigeria and Sudan.
Extreme radical Islamists to the north are in Somalia and they extend into the crucible of the Middle East where Christianity is vanishing and where the Jewish people in Israel face the risk of rockets raining down like fire from heaven on a daily basis from the Gaza.
Radical hatred is pouring hatred into Africa, radicalizing some of the Muslim population with an objective to drive Christians out and murder them for their faith. The effect has been increasing attacks against Christians in the Sudan, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda as Christians there face the tribulation foretold by the prophets and Yeshua.
This is happening in real time, right now - despite the American "end-time" book sellers and the sermonizers that predict some future "trib" in which Christians will not even exist on Earth during such tribulation because they will have been whisked away in a cloud puff into a safe hiding place in Heaven. So where's the rapture bus in Africa, did it take a wrong turn?
Seriously... are we that self-centered ignoring the news on our iPads while sipping a Starbucks?
If God is to forgive us, we must repent of this egotistical attitude RIGHT NOW!!
We must consider the faithful in Nigeria... Do something. Pray for them. Plead for those in Sudan and all of North Africa. Pray for them on your knees. Pray for those in Iran, Iraq, in Syria and in Lebanon.
This is not just some pre-trib warm up! The Bible is focused on the Middle East and Africa. It always has been. Funny some people forget Egypt is in Africa. Just ask the Believers who have lost friends and family members there... but you better get ready to duck if you doubt their tribulation.
In Nigeria, Boko Haram's radically extreme Islamists have machine gunned and fire bombed whole Christian congregations, killing worshipers while in church groups or schools. The often are killing hundreds over their weekend sprees of death and the many of those Christians that have lost their lives have been women and children.
They have targeted the slaughter of many Christian pastors and even executed the children of Muslims that have converted to Christianity. These murders and assassinations have gone on for well over a year in Nigeria. The 5th Seal broke in the Sudan in 1983 when Government of Sudan and the Sudan's People Liberation Movement began their tribulation.
The Christian world in Africa has not seen any pre-trib rapture for these saints who will be glorified by The Lord God Almighty as promised by Revelation 6:9:
"I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained."Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa and is ranked 7th in the world's population with 167 million only behind China, India, the United States, Indonesia, Brazil and Pakistan.
It's Christian persecution is much like that we have seen over the past 20 years in Indonesia and in other countries around the globe.
The future is now. Wake up, sober up America!
The 5th seal contagion is spreading and you are not even praying. Christians are virtually extinct in most of the Middle East and their persecution in Syria can be considered a rampage by the al-Qaeda backed rebels. It is the same as the Coptic Christian persecution in Egypt from the radical Muslim Brotherhood there.
You can learn more about the Facts on Nigerian Violence where Boko Haram, a radical Islamic jihadist and takfiri militant terrorist organization based in northeast Nigeria has staged murderous attacks and forcibly converted non-Muslim survivors to Islam.
Nigeria has about twice the population of Egypt and 30 million more people than in than Russia, 40 million more than Japan and 53 million more than Mexico. It's more than 100 million more people than the individual populations of the U.K., France or Italy. Nigeria's not some isolated place that you may have envisioned. It is larger than the population of Turkey and Iran combined. The facts today are that roughly 50% of all Nigerians are Sunni Muslims in the Sharia dominated north, and 50% are Christian, generally in the south. If you have not seen them below are some of the horrific news reports that you need to know about so that you can pray.
Updates are posted here because the time is now - to do something. Pray for peace and protection in Nigeria and beyond! Start a prayer group and pray not only for Nigeria, but pray for Sudan, North Korea, Afghanistan, Bhutan, and Pakistan. Pray for these nations and others as your heart leads, they are all connected to the word of God.
This is the national plea for prayer from President Jonathan of Nigeria:
"Your prayers can transform the attitudes of those who do not believe in the progress and peace of our country, so pray that God will touch them so they can change for the better... only prayers could sustain a nation like Nigeria."
December 18, 2014: CNN reports... Officials: Boko Haram kidnaps 185 women and children, kills 32 people
"Kano, Nigeria (CNN) -- Boko Haram insurgents kidnapped at least 185 women and children, and killed 32 people in a raid in northeastern Nigeria this week, local officials and residents said.
Gunmen in pickup trucks attacked the village of Gumsuri, just north of Chibok, on Sunday, shooting down men before herding women and children together.
"They gathered the women and children and took them away in trucks after burning most of the village with petrol bombs," a local government official said on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal.
News of the attack took four days to emerge because of a lack of communication. Telecommunications towers in the region had been disabled in previous attacks."
December 9, 2014: The Times of India today reports that the Hindu in India are working to convert Muslims as well as Christians in the state of Uttar Pradesh back to to Hinduism.
Rajeshwar Singh also claimed that his group has taken possession of as many as 60 churches across the state, where no Christians worship now, "as they have all been re-converted to Hinduism".
November 20, 2014: The Voice of the Martyrs gives us this horrific report today: NIGERIA: BOMB KILLS STUDENTS
"Forty-eight students were killed and 79 others were seriously injured when a suicide bomber posing as a student detonated an explosive device in Potiskum, Yobe state, Nigeria on Nov. 10. The number of fatalities is expected to rise as many of the injured have severe wounds. All those killed and injured were students ranging from 11 to 20 years old."
November 10, 2014: Pakistani Christians Burned Alive Were Attacked by 1,200 People
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A mob accused of burning alive a Christian couple in an industrial kiln in Pakistan allegedly wrapped a pregnant mother in cotton so she would catch fire more easily, according to family members who witnessed the attack.
Sajjad Maseeh, 27, and his wife Shama Bibi, 24, were set upon by at least 1,200 people after rumors circulated that they had burned verses from the Quran, family spokesman Javed Maseeh told NBC News via telephone late Thursday. Their legs were also broken so they couldn't run away.
"They picked them up by their arms and legs and held them over the brick furnace until their clothes caught fire," he said. "And then they threw them inside the furnace."
According to the Pakistan Christian Post
Philadelphia: November 9, 2014. (PCP) Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC expressed his surprise in a letter to US President Barak Obama that US Administration which is custodian of Human Rights, Liberty and freedom of speech and expression around world not bothered to condemn horrific murder of Christian couple by Islamic extremists in Islamic Republic of Pakistan nor US State department uttered any comments on Christian persecution and genocide of Christians.
Nazir Bhatti wrote that Shahzad Masih and his wife Shama Bibi were burnt alive by Muslim mob on November 4, 2014, in furnace of brick kiln factory where they were detained as bonded labor by one Mohammad Yousaf Gujjar near Kot Rada Kishan in district Kasur of Punjab province.
Dr. Nazir Bhatti urged US Administration to condemn burning alive of Christian couple, press upon Islamic Republic of Pakistan to repeal blasphemy laws and to condition aid to Pakistan on human rights.
Here are contents of letter of Dr. Nazir S Bhatti to US President:
President of USA,
Mr. Barak Obama,
Christian couple burnt alive by Muslim on accusation of blasphemy in Pakistan
As your honor is custodian of freedom, liberty and human rights around world, I wish to invite you kind attention towards a sad incident in which a Christian couple is tortured and burnt alive in furnace of brick kiln factory on false and fabricate accusations of blasphemy by Muslim mob near Kot Rada Kishan in district Kasur of Punjab province of Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
On November 4, 2014, Shahzad Masih and his wife Shama Bibi who were bonded laborer of Brick Kiln Factory owner Mohammad Gujjar were locked up and to teach them lesson on fleeing away he accused them of burning pages of Quran and send his Muslim employees to nearby villages to announce from loudspeakers of mosques that come and punish blasphemer Christian couple.
It is surprising that neither US Administration under your honor nor US State Department even bothered to condemn this horrific crime of burning live of Christian couple by a mob living in country named Islamic Republic of Pakistan which is receiving billions of aid of US taxpayers.
I would appeal your honor to put pressure on government of Pakistan to end misuse of blasphemy laws against Christian, Ahamadiyyia and other religious minorities and condition US Aid to Pakistan on human rights and repeal of blasphemy laws.
Dr. Nazir S Bhatti
President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC
Editor, Pakistan Christian Post
Dated: November 9, 2014.
October 13, 2014: Thank you Abba Father for the latter rains !!! Mark Ellis gives great news today from his blog "God Reports":
He was held for 10 months by Boko Haram, the same Islamist group that has terrorized northern Nigeria and kidnapped some 300 schoolgirls. But God brought a downpour of heavy rain and a flood to wash away his captors and secure his escape.
Rotimi Obajimi, pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, was kidnapped January 6, 2014 as he traveled from his rural church toward Maiduguri, according to a story by the Sahara Reporters.
The radical group took him to Sambisa Forest, a former game preserve filled with leopards and lions that has become a haven for Boko Haram. It is suspected the group is holding the Nigerian schoolgirls in the same area.
Boko Haram has killed at least 5,000 Nigerians in the last five years and their brutality has led to 650,000 refugees forced to flee their villages. Similar to the group ISIS, they seek to establish a caliphate with sharia law, and have also been beheading their opponents. Earlier this week Boko Haram beheaded seven villagers in northeastern Nigeria.
Pastor Obajimi was tied up for months in the forest, while many in his church prayed fervently for his freedom.
During the first week of October heavy rains began. It was a deluge so strong that the camp began to flood. Because of the flooding, his captors deserted the camp and Pastor Obajimi managed to free himself, according to Sahara Reporters.
July 22, 2014: This news from AP is grievous. 11 parents of Nigeria's abducted girls die
July 6, 2014: Gunmen kill 22 in Kenyan attacks
Al-Shabaab terror group claims responsibility for attacks that killed 22 in Kenya.
"HINDI, Kenya, July 6 (UPI) --At least 22 people died in two separate attacks Sunday after gunmen ambushed two towns along Kenya's east coast, officials said.
Thirteen people died just after midnight in Hindi -- near the tourist coast of Lamu -- during an attack under cover of darkness.
Later that night, a police station in Gamba was raided and nine people were killed. One person was injured and another was missing in that attack.
Al-Shabaab Islamist terror group claimed responsibility for both attacks, saying none of its militants was injured."
June 30, 2014: As the jihadist group ISIS on Sunday declared the establishment of a “Caliphate”, or Islamic state spanning parts of both Iraq and Syria with the group’s leader as the ruling “Caliph”... Nigerian Islamists attack villages, churches near Chibok, dozens killed
"Boko Haram, which is fighting for an Islamic state in largely Muslim northern Nigeria, has killed thousands since launching an uprising on 2009, and many hundreds in the past three months."
"Samuel Chibok, a survivor of the attack on Kautikiri village, about five km from where the girls were snatched, said that around 20 men in a Toyota pick-up truck and motorcycles rolled into town. They sprayed it with bullets, focusing much of their fire power on panicked worshippers in a local church.
"Initially I thought they were military but when I came out, they were firing at people. I saw people fleeing and they burned our houses," he said, adding that some people had died in the attack, including two of his relatives.
"Smoke was billowing from our town as I left."
A local pro-government vigilante, who declined to be named, said residents had now recovered 15 bodies from the village. He added that many of the deaths occurred when worshippers were locked in a church, which was then sprayed with bullets."
June 24, 2014: The Washington Times reports: Islamic radicals abduct 60 more girls, 31 boys in Nigeria
"Islamic extremists abducted another 60 girls — and this time, 31 boys — during a raid on a village in northeastern Nigeria, witnesses said.
Security officials for the village of Kummabza deny the abductions took place, The Associated Press reported. But Nigeria’s government has been slow to react to kidnappings in the past and was particularly criticized for the seeming delayed rescue response to the recent abductions of hundreds of school girls — hundreds of whom are still separated from their families, AP said.
AP reported it could not independently verify the kidnappings took place.
But Aji Khalil, a member of anti-Boko Haram organization, said on Tuesday that the kidnappings did take place over the weekend — and during, four villagers were killed.
Kummabza is located about 95 miles from Maiduguri."
June 23, 2014: Answered prayer after the birth of her child.
June 18, 2014: At least 14 killed in suicide bombing at Nigeria World Cup viewing site
"DAMATURU, Nigeria – An explosion at an illegal World Cup viewing site in northeast Nigeria killed at least 14 people while security forces arrested a "terror kingpin" among nearly 500 people detained as suspected terrorists in the southeast of the country, police said Wednesday.
At least 26 people were wounded in Tuesday night's blast as soccer fans were viewing the Brazil-Mexico match in Damaturu, the capital of Yobe state, police said."
June 17, 2014: The BBC reports: Islamists launch second night of deadly attacks on Kenyan coast
Red Cross says gunmen attacked Poromoko near Somali border a day after 50 people were killed in Mpeketoni
"Somali-linked Islamist militants have killed at least eight people in a second night of attacks on Kenya's coast, after a raid on the town of Mpeketoni left at least 50 dead, the Kenya Red Cross and the Somali rebel group have said.
The Red Cross co-ordinator for the coast, Mwanaisha Hamisi, told Reuters that on Monday night gunmen had attacked the Poromoko area near Mpeketoni, which lies on the coast between Mombasa and the Somali border in the north, killing at least eight people.
"We raided villages around Mpeketoni again last night," Sheikh Abdiasis Abu Musab, the spokesman for al-Shabaab's military operations, also told Reuters, saying the group had killed as many as 20 people, mostly police. "Our operations in Kenya will continue.""
June 14, 2014: A report from NBC News: Bloody Toll: Boko Haram Behind Deadliest Killing Spree Since 9/11
"In the two months since Boko Haram fighters kidnapped hundreds of schoolgirls in northeastern Nigeria, the terror group has taken at least 1,000 lives in what may be the deadliest killing spree by a single terrorist group since the Sept. 11 attacks, according to an NBC News analysis of reports from the region.
While the fate of the 272 girls kidnapped on April 14 remains unknown, Boko Haram has added to its bloodthirsty reputation since the abduction with a string of attacks -- including three that killed more than 100 men, women and children apiece. The pace of the attacks has increased dramatically since the kidnappings, instilling fear not just in the civilian population, but in the Nigerian government and security services as well, according to U.S. counterterrorism officials.
"The group's ability to conduct high-casualty attacks has evolved to an unprecedented level, even compared to 2012 when they bombed the U.N. building in Abuja,” said one senior counterterrorism official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “This period far surpasses that. The group has learned how to make their tactics more deadly and has expanded their reach beyond the control of security forces."
The worst was an attack last month on two public markets in the towns of Gamboru and Ngala in Borno state that killed more than 300 people. That incident alone was the third-worst terror attack since al Qaeda used hijacked jetliners to attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, trailing only a coordinated string of car bombings targeting Yazidi communities in northern Iraq on Aug. 14, 2007, that left 796 dead, and the school massacre in Beslan, Russia, in 2004, which killed more than 380 people, mostly children."
June 9, 2014: Boko Haram abducts 20 more women, local officials say
KANO, Nigeria, June 9 (UPI) --Gunman have reportedly abducted at least 20 women from a village in northeastern Nigeria.
Local officials said Monday that the gunman, believed to be members of Islamist insurgency Boko Haram, arrived in Garkin Fulani in broad daylight.
The women were members of the ethnic Fulani group. The Garkin Fulani settlement lies just several miles from Chibok, where Boko Haram abducted more than 270 schoolgirls in an April attack.
June 1, 2014 Bombing at northeast Nigeria football match kills at least 40
"KANO: A bombing at a football pitch in Nigeria's restive northeast killed at least 40 people on Sunday in an area previously attacked by Boko Haram Islamists, a police officer and a nurse said.
The blast hit the town of Mubi in Adamawa state, one of three in the northeast which has been under a state of emergency for more than a year as Nigeria's military has tried to crush Boko Haram's five-year extremist uprising.
"There has been a bomb explosion at a football field this evening and so far more than 40 people have been killed," said the officer in Mubi who requested anonymity.
The policeman's account was confirmed by a nurse at the Mubi General Hospital, who also requested anonymity, as the health worker was not authorised to discuss the attack with the media."
May 29, 2014: Nigeria leader vows 'total war' on Boko Haram as attacks kill 35
"Abuja (AFP) - Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan Thursday vowed "total war against terrorism" following last month's mass abduction of schoolgirls by Boko Haram Islamists amid news of attacks in three border villages that claimed 35 lives.
Jonathan said in an address marking 15 years since the return of civilian rule to Nigeria that no efforts would be spared to rescue the more than 200 girls kidnapped from a school in the northeastern town of Chibok in Borno state on April 14.
"I am determined to protect our democracy, our national unity and our political stability by waging a total war against terrorism," he said.
"The unity and stability of our country, and the protection of lives and property are non-negotiable," he added.
But on the same day as his vow to end the violence a military source and residents said Boko Haram had killed 35 people in separate attacks on three villages near the border with Cameroon, opening fire on villagers and torching homes.
"Boko Haram attacked the three villages Wednesday morning in which 35 people were killed," a military officer in the Borno state capital Maiduguri told AFP on condition of anonymity.
"The insurgents hurled petrol bombs into homes, setting them ablaze and shot residents as they tried to escape," he said."
May 27, 2014: Boko Haram attack kills 31 Nigerian security personnel
"DAMATURU/MAIDUGURI Nigeria (Reuters) - Boko Haram gunmen attacked a Nigerian military base and adjacent police barracks in the northeastern town of Buni Yadi, killing 31 security personnel, security sources and witnesses said.
The attack late on Monday in Yobe state occurred not far from where the Islamist insurgents shot or burned to death 59 pupils at a boarding school in February.
The militants, whose violent struggle for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria has killed thousands and made them the biggest threat to security in Africa's top oil-producing state, are still holding more than 200 girls kidnapped on April 14, an act which provoked international outrage.
Yobe police spokesman Nansak Chegwam said he was aware of the attack but could provide no further details.
A resident of Buni Yadi, who identified himself only as Mustafa for fear of retribution, said the militants arrived in an armored personnel carrier and six Toyota pickup trucks before dismounting and firing into the air.
They fired rocket propelled grenades at both bases.
A senior security source in Yobe state said 17 soldiers were killed and 14 police officers also died."
May 24, 2014: Boko Haram militants kill dozens in latest Nigeria attacks
"Suspected Islamist Boko Haram gunmen have attacked three villages in northern Nigeria, killing 28 people and burning houses to the ground in a pattern of violence that has become almost a daily occurrence, police and witnesses have said.
Separately, a suicide bombing that was meant to happen at the TV screening of a football match in the central Nigerian city of Jos on Saturday killed three people before the bomber reached the target, a witness told Reuters.
The bomber approached the Jos Viewing Centre while people were watching Real Madrid play Atletico Madrid, but he failed to get there before his car exploded, a local journalist at the scene, Mohammed Shittu, said.
The three attacks on villages took place on Thursday in remote parts of Borno state, the epicentre of Boko Haram's increasingly bloody struggle for an Islamic kingdom in religiously mixed Nigeria.
One took place right next to Chibok, by the Cameroon border, from where more than 200 schoolgirls were abducted last month.
The most deadly was in the town of Kerenua, near the Niger border. Scores of militants opened fire on residents, killing 20, and burned houses, police said.
A police source said some telephone signals to the militants had been tracked to neighbouring Niger, suggesting they may have been directed from there. Dozens had been wounded by bullets, he said.
Since the girls' abduction on 14 April at least 450 civilians have been killed by the group, a count by Reuters shows."
May 22, 2014: Boko Haram attacks in Nigeria kill dozens more
"ALAGARNO, Nigeria, May 22 (UPI) --Boko Haram militants killed at least 48 more people in overnight attacks on three Nigerian villages.
The attacks, late Tuesday and early Wednesday, came hours after bombs at a market in the city of Jos killed over 100 people.
A witness in the village of Alagarno said residents hid in bushes as the Islamic militants arrived and set fire to houses. "We saw our village up in flames, as we hid in the bush waiting for the dawn; we lost everything," she said.
Boko Haram, with its strict interpretation of Islamic law, seeks to impose an Islamic state on Nigeria, with a population of 170 million that is about 50 percent Christian. Extremist attacks have risen recently, with an estimated 2,000 people killed in Nigeria since the start of 2014. An estimated 3,600 were killed between 2010 and 2013."
Open Doors USA reports beyond Nigeria's tribulation: Eradication of Christianity in Northern Cameroon
"Over the past year, Muslims have waged a fierce intimidation campaign against Christians in Gorea, sending anonymous written threats to kill them and burn down their churches. In April 2013, local teens carried out the threats, setting the church ablaze and scattering the Christians Though some of the Christians returned a few weeks later, it seems that the pressure has now simply become too much. Many of them, including two church officials, have followed the example of a church elder who rejected Christ by embracing Islam last year."
"These sad events are classic examples of the pressures Christians have been experiencing recently for their allegiance to Christ in northern Cameroon."
"Since the region became a safe haven for the Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, the number of violent incidents has increased, including targeted attacks on churches. There is also speculation that the insurgents have brought at least some of the more than 200 girls abducted mid-April from a secondary school in Chibok, Nigeria into Cameroon. A local pastor said, “Christians here live in terror. At night, we don’t know what might happen. I’m worried about my family and the churches in the area. In some villages, Christianity has completely disappeared.”"
May 21, 2014: Nigeria's Christian community is in tribulation attack from Islamic terrorist militants of Boko Haram whose name means, “Western Education is Sinful”. This report of horror tells us: Nigerian extremists kill 48 villagers near town where 300 schoolgirls kidnapped
"JOS, Nigeria — Islamic militants killed 48 villagers in northeastern Nigeria near the town where they kidnapped 300 schoolgirls, and the U.S. said Wednesday it was sending in 80 military personnel to expand the drone search for the captives.Open Doors USA provides this message: "If you wish to to show solidarity with the Christians in Chibok, let them know that you are praying by sending a brief, encouraging message. Click here."
The developments came hours after twin car bombings claimed at least 130 lives in this central city — an escalating campaign of violence blamed on the Boko Haram terrorist network and its drive to impose an Islamic state on Nigeria.
The three villages attacked overnight Tuesday and early Wednesday are near the town of Chibok, where the girls were abducted from their boarding school in a brazen April 15 assault that has ignited a global movement to secure their freedom."
May 20, 2014: CNN gives a MUST SEE video report on the market bombing today from Jos, Nigeria: Blasts at market kill 118 in central Nigeria, official says
"(CNN) -- At least 118 people were killed Tuesday in twin blasts at a market in the central Nigerian city of Jos, an official said, warning the toll could climb.
The explosions, which targeted Terminus market, went off some 20 to 30 minutes apart, setting fire to the entire venue.
"The death toll stands at 118. This is the number of victims recovered from the scene of the explosions, but we are still searching through the smoldering debris for more bodies," said Mohammed Abdulsalam, coordinator for the National Emergency Management Agency in the city.
"The figure may rise when the search is over," Abdulsalam said.
A journalist on the scene of the first explosion called it "massive." People were screaming and running, some covered in blood. Some had to be carried away, the journalist said.
An ambulance driver who asked not to be identified said he saw at least 15 bodies and about 30 injured.
Plateau State Commissioner Chris Olakpe described the blasts as "terrorist activities," but refused to speculate on who might be responsible."
May 19, 2014: Beyond Nigeria, FoxNews Reports the truth... Bolton: Boko Haram's threat goes beyond Africa:
I almost felt as if I was watching through the cigarette smoke of one of those old Rod Serling "Twilight Zone" episodes on black and white TV with the spinning vortex hypnotizing the audience.
As I watched the C-Span clip below I wondered... what is it about Robert Jackson's comments that seem so bizarre, so "staged"... is he not just deceived, is he actually lying, drunk from the wine of deception, or is he just plain hypnotized?
May 15, 2014: Beyond Nigeria... Ireland's RTÉ News reports from Sudan... Woman sentenced to death in Sudan for converting to Christianity
"A Sudanese judge has sentenced a Christian woman to hang for apostasy, despite appeals by Western embassies for compassion and respect for religious freedom.
Born to a Muslim father, the woman was convicted under the sharia law that has been in force in Sudan since 1983 and outlaws conversions on pain of death.
Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, 27, is eight months pregnant and married to a Christian national of South Sudan which broke away in 2011, human rights activists say.
"We gave you three days to recant but you insist on not returning to Islam. I sentence you to be hanged," Judge Abbas Mohammed Al-Khalifa told the woman, addressing her by her father's Muslim name, Adraf Al-Hadi Mohammed Abdullah.
The judge also sentenced Ishaq to 100 lashes for "adultery".
Under Sudan's interpretation of sharia, a Muslim woman cannot marry a non-Muslim man and any such relationship is regarded as adulterous.
Ms Ishag reacted without emotion when the judge delivered the verdict at a court in the Khartoum district of Haj Yousef.
Earlier in the hearing, an Islamic religious leader spoke with her in the caged dock for about 30 minutes.
Then she calmly told the judge: "I am a Christian and I never committed apostasy.""
In the UK today, there are Nigerian Church Leaders in the UK, Call for Mass Prayer Vigil in Westminster, for Safe Release of Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls
Boko Haram video said to be a fake
By Dan Wooding, who was born in Nigeria
Founder of ASSIST Ministries
"LONDON, UK (ANS) -- Nigerian Church leaders in the UK are calling on all Christians to support a mass Prayer Vigil in Westminster, London, UK, on Monday, May 19, 2014 between 7.00pm – 9.00pm (UK time) to pray for the safe release of the schoolgirls abducted in Nigeria a month ago.
Six of the Nigerian schoolgirls who escaped Boko Haram kidnappers last month.
According to a news release, the event, which will be held at Emmanuel Centre 9-23 Marsham Street, Westminster, London SW1P 3DW, has the endorsement of The National Day of Prayer and Worship, The Overseas Fellowship of Nigerian Christians, Christian Concern, International Strategic Alliance Committee.
The Nigerian Church Leaders have united to condemn the situation as “deeply serious” and called on the Nigerian Government to ensure that no one should be forced into any form of religious conversion.
The event organizers are also appealing for donations which will go directly to the affected families in Nigeria."
May 13, 2014: Open Doors has people on the ground and you can send written Prayers and Encouragement To The Families of the Kidnapped Girls In Nigeria.
From Israel Today: Israeli Forces Reportedly on the Ground in Nigeria
"Israeli security forces have arrived in Nigeria to aid in the search for up to 200 young Christian girls recently abducted by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram.
On Monday, international media was abuzz after the publication of a video showing many of the captive girls dressed in Muslim garb (pictured) and reciting passages from the Koran. In the video, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau says the girls will be held and continued to be forcibly converted to Islam until jailed members of his group are freed by the Nigerian government.
The government of Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan rejected the demand, and turned to the international community for assistance. Israel was quick to answer the call.
“Israel expresses deep shock at the crime against the girls,” read a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “We are ready to help in finding the girls and fighting the cruel terrorism inflicted on you.”
Members of a Nigerian delegation currently in Israel told Channel 2 News that their government had accepted the offer of Israeli aid, and confirmed that Israeli counter-terrorism experts were already en route to the West African nation."
May 12, 2014: Nigeria abducted girls: Boko Haram leader claims captives converted to Islam
"(CNN) -- A Boko Haram video emerged Monday purportedly showing some of the kidnapped Nigerian girls in Muslim headdresses and the terror group's leader declaring they have converted to Islam.
The video, released by French news agency Agence France-Presse, was shot in a nondescript bush area and showed about 100 girls.
In the 27-minute footage, the terror group's leader, Abubakar Shekau, says he is willing to exchange the schoolgirls for Boko Haram prisoners.
It shows girls dressed in black and gray hijabs, and reciting the Quran as they make Islamic declarations of faith. Shekau appears in a separate part of the video, but never with the girls."
May 6, 2014: The horrific kidnapping and tribulation of Christian girls continues. The BBC reports More Nigerian girls abducted by suspected Boko Haram militants
"Suspected Boko Haram Islamist militants have abducted eight more girls in north-eastern Nigeria.
The latest kidnapping happened on Sunday night in the village of Warabe, in Borno state. The girls taken were aged between 12 and 15.
On Monday, Boko Haram's leader threatened to "sell" more than 230 girls seized from their school, also in Borno, on 14 April.
Meanwhile, the US says Nigeria has accepted an offer of American help.
"We've already sent in a team to Nigeria," President Barack Obama said on Tuesday.
Mr Obama said the US aid was a combination of military, law enforcement and other agencies "who are going in, trying to identify where these girls might be"."
April 21, 2014: Parents: 234 girls kidnapped from Nigeria school
CHIBOK, Nigeria (AP) — "Some 234 girls are missing from the northeast Nigerian school attacked last week by Islamic extremists, significantly more than the 85 reported by education officials, parents told the state governor Monday.
The higher figure came out a week after the kidnappings when the Borno state governor insisted a military escort take him to the town. Parents told the governor that officials would not listen to them when they drew up their list of names of missing children and the total reached 234."
April 19, 2014: Boko Haram claims bombing in Nigeria's capital
"Kano (Nigeria) (AFP) - Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the deadliest attack ever in Nigeria’s capital in a video obtained Saturday, as the search continued for 85 schoolgirls still missing after a mass abduction by the Islamists.April 16, 2014: EuroNews reports: Gunmen abduct over 100 female students in northeast Nigeria
The bombing at a bus station packed with morning commuters early on Monday killed at least 75 people on the outskirts of Abuja, hours before gunmen kidnapped 129 girls from a school in northeastern Borno state, Boko Haram's base.
Forty-four of the girls have since escaped and are now safe, officials said.
The bombing and the kidnapping, which have been condemned worldwide, have underscored the serious threat posed by the insurgents to Africa's most populous country and biggest economy.
"We are the ones who carried out the attack in Abuja," Boko Haram’s leader Abubakar Shekau said in video message obtained by AFP."
"More than 100 female students have been abducted by suspected Islamist insurgents in a raid on a secondary school in Nigeria’s northeast Borno state.April 14, 2014: Sadly, this morning, following yesterday's Reuters report that: Nigeria Islamists kill 68 in two village attacks: witnesses another attack has occurred.
Gunmen thought to be members of Boko Haram carried off the teenage girls from the school in Chibok late in Monday night."
Nigerian bus station hit by deadly explosion.
Many are feared dead after blast in outskirts of capital, Abuja, as hundreds of commuters travelled to work.April 9, 2014: Beyond the tribulation seen in Nigeria... According to this report from Charima, to the the North in the Muslim nations of Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Libya and Tunisia a revival is taking place in Africa among the Muslim people.
"An explosion blasted through a busy commuter bus station in the outskirts of Nigeria's capital, Abuja, on Monday, as hundreds of people were on their way to work.
Police have said at least 71 people were killed and 124 wounded in the blast. Reporters saw rescue workers and police gathering body parts.
The blast ripped a hole 1.2 metres (4ft) deep in the ground of Nyanya motor park, about 10 miles from the city centre, and destroyed more than 30 vehicles, causing secondary explosions as their fuel tanks ignited and burned.
There was no official comment or immediate claim of responsibility for the explosion, though bus stations are a favoured target of Nigeria's Islamist militants."
You will not want to miss reading about the visions miracles and healing taking place in Algeria.
"As the sun sets over the Mediterranean Sea, Muslims across Northern Africa are converting to faith in Jesus Christ in record numbers."February 27, 2014: The original report of the death of 22 students in Nigeria has horribly been increased now to 45 murdered at the Federal Government College of Buni Yadi. The New York Times reports: Nigeria: College Attack Death Toll Rises:
""What God is doing in North Africa, all the way from actually Mauritanian to Libya is unprecedented in the history of missions" said Tino Qahoush, a graduate of Regent University and filmmaker. He has spent years traveling the region to document the transformation.
"I have the privilege of recording testimonies and listening to firsthand stories of men and women, of all ages where they can be sitting in a room and see the appearance and the presence of God appear to them in reality, like a vision, some of them gave me stories of how they carry on a conversation, it's not just a light that appears" adds Qahoush. He also says sometimes he feels jealous, "how come Jesus is visiting the Muslim world at this time and age and we don't hear that happening in the traditional Christian community."
His interviews confirm what experts say is a profound move of God in the predominantly Muslim nations of Mauritania, Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Libya and Tunisia.
From the shores of Casablanca in Morocco to Tripoli, Libya, experts say the growth of Christianity, especially in the last 20 years, has been unprecedented. And now that growth is also evident in the North African nation of Algeria."
"Emboldened by God's power, Algerian Christians are now on a mission to take the gospel to the four corners of the globe.
"God has put in our heart to be able to send 1,000 missionaries by the year 2025. I really believe that maybe one day America will end up with some Muslim convert missionaries coming to reach out to the Muslims there and in other parts as well" says Pastor Qurahmane."
"The United Nations reported Wednesday that at least 45 students were killed in the attack by Islamic extremists on a college in Nigeria this week and that the victims were as young as 13.The original report from EuroNews:
The death toll was higher and the age range of the victims at the Federal Government College of Buni Yadi, in Yobe State, younger than initially reported by the Nigerian authorities.
“Many lives were lost,” Manuel Fontaine, Unicef’s regional director for West and Central Africa, said in a statement denouncing the assault, the fourth that has closed a Nigeria school since last June. He said the closings had disrupted the lives of thousands of students, “many of whom have had no access to formal learning for months.”
The Islamist group Boko Haram, which has denounced public education in Nigeria as blasphemous, has been blamed for the assaults."
"A terror attack in Nigeria has killed 29 boys with some burning to death, officials say.February 13, 2014: Recently George Weigel of the Ethics and Public Policy Center wrote that “More Christians died for the faith in the twentieth century than in the previous nineteen centuries of Christian history combined.”
Gunmen from the Islamist group Boko Haram stormed a boarding school in the north-east of the country, police and the military confirmed.
Police Commissioner Sanusi Rufai said the attack at the college in Buni Yadi saw some of the students’ bodies burned to ashes.
Boko Haram is fighting for an Islamic state in northern Nigeria. A similar attack in June left 22 students dead.
Violence is increasing focusing on civilians – more than 200 people were killed in two attacks last week, one in which militants razed a whole village and shot panicked residents as they tried to flee."
He does not provide his source but you should know that for the past two days Fox News has broadcast critical news reports on Congressman Chris Smith (NJ-04), Chairman of the House congressional panel that oversees U.S. policy in Africa who has brought light on the story of global Christian persecution to Washington D.C. via a Congressional hearing. It is an important story:
February 6, 2013: If you have been reading the posts on Nigeria you may think that northern Nigeria is only a place of doom and gloom. But praise God there is now some good news. God news.
Mission Network News reports that Boko Haram members come to Christ
"Nigeria (MNN) — The rebel terrorist group known as Boko Haram has done it again. This time they killed more than 70. Reports indicate 52 people were killed in a Kawuri village in Borno state. 22 more died in an attack on a church service in Waga Chakawa village, Adamawa state.January 27, 2014: The press call them terrorists, but are they the tribulationists? The Christian Post today reported that Islamic Gunmen Storm Church Sunday Service, Kill 22 Christians as Scores Murdered By Terrorists Across Nigeria
World Mission supports partners working there on the ground with unreached people groups. The organization’s executive director Greg Kelley says, “The people that we work with in Northern Nigeria are stationed in the vicinity of where Boko Haram is, so it’s made it very difficult for our partners to operate. They literally have one eye open at night because people are being killed and kidnapped.”
Kelley says that makes ministry difficult. That’s why World Mission is taking action. “We’re in the process of relocating our team into a more neutral environment that’s safer, that has more stability, so that they can facilitate all of the work that’s going on in the north.”
World Mission’s work with the unreached has been successful. “We of course distribute the audio Bible–The Treasure–among them. Just last week we got a report of two Boko Haram–these are the terrorist guys themselves–coming to Christ.”
Once they come to Christ, it’s amazing how God uses them. Kelley says, “They bring that same kind of intensity to the Gospel. One guy said, ‘If I could have died for a cause that I didn’t even know my fate, now that I’m a believer and follower of Jesus, I am willing to die for this truth no matter what.”
World Mission has sent more than 5,000 Treasures into the region, but the goal is to send hundreds more. First, though, they need to move their headquarters. “Right now they’re located right in the middle of the Boko Haram area. In order to move them we need $20,000. So, that would absolutely be a prayer request.”
This is a great investment because many of the conversion stories remind Kelley of the Apostle Paul: “Persecuting Christians and coming to know Jesus and becoming, arguably, the greatest missionary whoever walked on the earth. That is exactly the pattern that we’re seeing in these Boko Haram terrorists. As they give their lives to Jesus, they become some of the greatest witnesses for the Gospel.”"
"Twenty-two Nigerian Christians were killed in an attack after gunmen entered a church service armed with weapons and explosives on Sunday.
Boko Haram, a Nigerian Islamic terrorist group seeking to eradicate Christianity from the African country and spread Muslim Shariah law, has been blamed for the mass shooting in the village of Waga Chakawa in Adamawa state, and also for violence that killed 52 people in Borno state at the weekend, the BBC has reported.
Terrorists reportedly attacked the village of Kawuri and detonated explosives while merchants were shutting down the crowded market. They also set alight to the homes of residents in the town, with residents still inside many of the houses.
Ari Kolomi, who fled his home in Kawuri to Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, described the destruction left by the group as devastating."
"In an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal last week, Orji Uzor Kalu, the former governor of Abia state, said fighting against Boko Haram was not only in the best interests of Nigerian Christians, but also should be a subject of international concern.
"As the world globalizes, jihadist factions such as Boko Haram align in-kind and gain both the intelligence and the capacity to strike in increasingly urban centers and beyond national borders," Kalu wrote. "We must make no mistake: This destabilizing network is a global problem, larger in scope and indeed in mission than the international community may presume. It is not just going to go away.""
December 22, 2013: The reports here are about tribulation in Nigeria and beyond. Keith Davies the executive director of Rescue Christians was interviewed by Fox News on Saturday December 21st 2013.
Mr. Davies appeared on Fox to speak about persecution of Christians in Pakistan.
October 20, 2013 Massacre at fake checkpoint as Boko Haram slit throats of travellers
"Militants from the Nigerian terrorist group Boko Haram disguised themselves as soldiers and set up a checkpoint, at which they slit the throats of 19 people who stopped."September 25, 2013: The same radical tribulation Nigeria's Christians have experienced since 2011 has been seen in Kenya as Al-Shabab, an Islamic extremist group attacked non-Muslims in the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya.
CBS reports: Al-Shabab says it singled out non-Muslims in Kenya mall attackAnd just a day later, the same kind of vicious tribulation occurred at a church in Pakistan when a wing of the Pakistani Taliban bombed the All Saints Church in Peshawar.
CNN reports: Al-Shabaab breaks new ground with complex Nairobi attack
Fox News reports: At least 85 killed in suicide bombing at Pakistan churchSeptember 9, 2013: Nigerian Anglican archbishop kidnapped
LAGOS (AFP) – "Nigeria's second-highest ranking Anglican archbishop was kidnapped at the weekend outside the southern oil city of Port Harcourt, capital of Rivers State, a police spokeswoman said on Monday.July 12, 2013: The Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) has issued a “final call” to the Federal Government to neutralize the violence against Christians
"Archbishop Ignatius Kattey was kidnapped along with his wife around Eleme (outside Port Harcourt) at about 10:45 pm (2145 GMT) on Friday," spokeswoman Angela Agabe told AFP.
"His wife was later abandoned in the bush by their abductors."
A national spokesman of the Anglican Communion in Nigeria, Foluso Taiwo, confirmed the abduction to AFP, but said the circumstances surrounding the incident were sketchy.
Kattey is the dean of archbishops of the Anglican communion in Nigeria, ranking him second to the primate of the Anglican Church in the country, said Taiwo.
The cleric is archbishop of the Niger Delta province, he added.
Kidnapping for ransom occurs regularly in the southern oil-producing Niger Delta region, though authorities rarely admit to making payments.
The victims are often released unharmed after the payment of a ransom.
In the north of the country however, Islamist extremists have killed a number of their hostages."
The Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) has issued a “final call” to the Federal Government to neutralize the violence against Christians or risk losing the cooperation of the Christian community in its fight against Boko Haram.May 9, 2013: As these updates attest, every few weeks Nigeria faces the kind of horror America witnessed in Boston. Yet many ignore the horror. Today, it happened again in Nigeria attack: Nasarawa cult ambush 'kills 30 police'
Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, the president of the Christians Association of Nigeria, who made the call was speaking after a meeting with other officials of the association over the latest attack on churches in Nigeria, which happened at the Bayero University in Kano state on Sunday.
Gunmen stormed a church service at Bayero University on Sunday and killed about 15 people and wounded several others.
Speaking after the meeting, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor said, “The church leadership has hitherto put great restraint on the restive and aggrieved millions of Nigerians but can no longer guarantee such co-operation, if this trend is not halted immediately.”
Nasarawa police chief Abayomi Akeremale said about 60 police officers came under attack on Tuesday.March 19, 2013: Nigeria bus station attack claims 22 lives AAP:
"We decided to send our men to the area to arrest members of Ombatse, including their priest," he told the AFP news agency.
"[They] have been going to churches and mosques initiating people into their cult by forcefully administering an allegiance oath to unwilling people."
The police were attacked near the shrine to the traditional deity of the Eggon people, in the village of Alakyo, near the state capital, Lafia.
The ambush came after 55 people were reportedly killed in the north-east of Nigeria in co-ordinated attacks by the Boko Haram Islamist militant group.
"An attack that saw two suicide bombers ram their car into a bus station in northern Nigeria has killed at least 22 people and wounded dozens more.December 30, 2012: Nigeria: 15 Christians 'have throats slit' by suspected extremists
Police said the attack on Monday in Kano, the largest city in Nigeria's mainly Muslim north, led to a huge explosion that hit five buses, police spokesman Magaji Majia told AFP. A rescue official said the toll was at least 20 and a security source said it was likely to climb much higher.
"From our tally, 22 people were killed in the suicide blast at the New Road motor park," Majia said. Sixty-five others were injured."
"Suspected Islamist extremists have killed 15 Christians by slitting their throats in an attack on a village in Nigeria's volatile northeast, residents and a relief source have claimed.December 25, 2012: Military: At least 5 killed in Christmas morning attack in northeast Nigeria village
"From the information we gathered, the attackers broke into selected homes and slaughtered 15 people in their sleep," the anonymous relief official said.
Authorities had previously confirmed the predawn Friday attack in Musari, but gave few details and said only five were killed. Musari is located on the outskirts of Maiduguri, the base of Islamist extremist group Boko Haram.
Lieutenant Colonel Sagir Musa, spokesman for a military task force in the area, said on Sunday that he stood by the toll of five dead.
Authorities tend to under-report death tolls, however, and the relief official's information matched that of residents, who spoke of 15 people having their throats slit.
Residents said they suspected the attackers were from Boko Haram."
"LAGOS, Nigeria – Nigeria's military says at least five people have been killed in a Christmas morning attack in northeast Nigeria, a region beset by violence by a radical Islamist sect.November 26, 2012: Voice of America reports: Blast Rocks Military Church in North Nigeria
Military spokesman Lt. Eli Lazarus said Tuesday that the attack happened just outside Potiskum village in Yobe state. Lazarus told The Associated Press that four others were wounded.
There was confusion about where the shooting took place. Lazarus said it happened in a church. A Yobe state police spokesman said that information officers had indicated the attack happened elsewhere in the village.
This is the latest violence in northeast Nigeria, an area where the radical sect known as Boko Haram operates."
"The Nigerian military says an explosion ripped through a church on an army base on Sunday, with reports of an unknown number of casualties.October 28, 2012: Today a Car Bomb Kills 8 and Injures More Than 100 as a Suicide bomber hits north Nigeria Catholic church
Reuters cited military sources as saying the blast was from a suicide car bomb that killed at least five people and injured dozens more.
The incident took place inside the Jaji military barracks in Nigeria's northern Kaduna state after a church service."
"KADUNA, Nigeria (AP) — A suicide car bomber detonated his explosives Sunday at a Catholic church holding Mass in northern Nigeria, injuring a number of worshipers and killing several people, officials and witnesses said.The report states that at least 1,500 people have been killed in bomb and gun attacks by Boko Haram over the past three years. You can download the full report here.
The attack happened in the Malali neighborhood of Kaduna, a city on the dividing line between Nigeria's largely Christian south and Muslim north where religious rioting has killed hundreds in recent years. The car tried to force its way past the gate at St. Rita's Catholic church just before it exploded, witnesses at the church said."
In a report released on October 11th, Human Rights Watch stated: "Widespread and systematic murder and persecution by Boko Haram, a militant Islamist group in northern Nigeria, likely amount to crimes against humanity".
"The 98-page report, “Spiraling Violence: Boko Haram Attacks and Security Force Abuses in Nigeria” catalogues atrocities for which Boko Haram has claimed responsibility."
October 1, 2012: Students Among the Dead in Attack on Nigerian School
"ABUJA — At least 25 people were killed late Monday in what appears to be a systematic slaughter in Adamawa State in northern Nigeria. Locals say the victims, mostly college students, were individually questioned before being attacked."September 30, 2012: Kenya is Nigeria's neighbor to the south. Today, the violence seen in Nigeria has arrived as AlJazeera reports Children killed in Kenya church attack
"At least two children have been killed and two others wounded when a hand grenade was allegedly thrown into a church in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, police officials say.June 17, 2012: Multiple Church Bombings in Nigeria Ignite Riots
Moses Nyakwama, the city's police chief, confirmed the injuries in the attack on Sunday.
He said that police suspected the cause of the explosion was a grenade.
Charles Owino, a deputy police spokesman, said that the attack at St. Polycarp's church occurred on Juja Road, in the eastern part of the city.
The grenade exploded, spraying the children with shrapnel.
Blood-stained children's jackets and shoes lay scattered on the floor, surrounded by remnants of metal walls that were broken and twisted by the force of the explosion.
"The children who attend this service are aged between six and 10... we usually divide them according to their ages," said Livingstone Muiruri. "They had just started the morning session when the explosion occurred."
"We were in the main church so we all ran there to assist the kids," he said.
Janet Wanja was just entering the church when the blast shook the building.
"I heard a loud explosion and then heard kids screaming," she said. "I am traumatised by what I saw, kids with injuries and blood all over. "Why are they attacking the church?""
"BUJA - Three churches were bombed this morning in Kaduna, Nigeria, igniting riots in the state capital and prompting a 24-hour curfew. The blasts killed 21 and injured at least 100. The violence Sunday is just the latest development in areas where tensions have risen dramatically recently.June 10, 2012: The BBC reports: Nigeria violence: Seven dead after Boko Haram attacks
Kaduna has been tense since after the 2011 elections when riots broke out killing nearly 700 people. Locals say the violence was political but it also cut across religious lines, deepening distrust between Muslims and Christians."
"Boko Haram militants have attacked two churches during Sunday services, triggering deadly reprisal attacks.MSNBC's report stated:
In the central city of Jos, a suicide bomber blew himself up outside a church, wounding at least 50 people.
In a separate attack, gunmen opened fire during a service in Biu in northeastern Borno state, leaving at least one person dead.
Six people were then killed in Jos in reprisals when angry demonstrators took to the streets in protest.
Radical Islamist sect Boko Haram said it carried out the attacks. The group has carried out a number of attacks on churches in recent years, killing hundreds of people."
"Attacks on churches have become a trademark tactic of Boko Haram, which says it is fighting to reinstate an ancient Islamic caliphate in northern Nigeria."
June 3, 2012: Deadly blast hits Nigeria church
"According to Bauchi residents, a man tried to drive a car through a fence outside the Harvest Field Pentecostal church on Sunday.April 28, 2012: AFP reports: Nigeria attack on church services kills around 20
The vehicle did not break through the fence and the bomb was detonated. Some of those killed by the blast were inside the church and others were standing outside.
Eyewitness Aliku Jon told Reuters news agency: "I had just left after the morning service and was out of the church when I heard a loud explosion. I rushed back and there were dozens of people lying in pools of blood.""
KANO, Nigeria — "Attackers armed with bombs and guns opened fire at church services at a Nigerian university on Sunday, killing around 20 people as worshipers tried to flee, witnesses and officials said.April 8, 2012: Nigerian Easter bomb kills many in Kaduna
Explosions and gunfire rocked Bayero University in the northern city of Kano, with witnesses reporting that two church services were targeted as they were being held on campus. One of the services was being held outdoors, while the second was inside a building, but with an overflow audience outside, witnesses said.
Officials were unable to confirm casualty figures, but an AFP correspondent counted six bullet-riddled bodies near one of the two sites.
At least another dozen bodies could be seen on a roadside by the university, but the exact number was unclear.
Musical instruments and half-eaten meals could be seen at the site of one of the services. An army spokesman confirmed the attack but could not provide a casualty toll. Lieutenant Iweha Ikedichi told AFP that it appeared the attackers used bombs and gunfire in the assault."
"At least 38 people have died in a car bombing in the northern Nigerian city of Kaduna, officials said.
Many others were injured in the attack, which took place when officials stopped the vehicle as it approached a church.
Just hours afterwards, a bomb exploded in the central city of Jos, injuring several people.
No-one has admitted carrying out the bombings, but suspicion has fallen on Boko Haram, a militant group which had warned of attacks over Easter."
January 23, 2012: Hospitals struggle after deadly Nigeria attacks
By Africa correspondent Ginny Stein, wires
Video Report Source: 7pm TV News NSW | Duration: 2min 12sec
"Hospital staff in the northern Nigerian city of Kano are struggling to cope with a rising number of casualties after a string of coordinated attacks.
More than 178 people have been killed in a series of bomb attacks and gun fights in the country's second-largest city.
Islamist sect Boko Haram is reported to have claimed responsibility for the strike - the deadliest ever by the group.
A curfew was imposed after the violent attacks began, targeting police and immigration offices.
Police sources have told AFP that at least 20 huge blasts were heard in the city as a suicide bomber struck a police station and a car bomb targeted the state police headquarters.
A number of other police posts were targeted, including a secret police building, as well as immigration offices.
A doctor in the main hospital said the death toll had risen to 178 on Sunday, making it by far the deadliest attack claimed by the radical Islamist sect."
Somehow, I was oblivious to the horrors in Nigeria that began in 2010, that is until I saw the following reports:
January 7, 2012: Church attacks in Nigeria leave at least 27 worshippers dead
Islamist group claims responsibility amid growing concern about government's inability to tackle sectarian violence
"A fresh wave of violence against churchgoers in Nigeria has left at least 27 people dead and heightened fears over security in Africa's most populous country.
The religiously motivated massacres, three in as many days since Thursday, targeted Christians in Mubi and Gombe, both towns in the north-east where a state of emergency was declared by President Goodluck Jonathan last week. Some 17 other deaths have been reported in other regions.
There is growing concern that the government's inability to tackle the rising levels of sectarian violence, blamed on radical Islamic group Boko Haram, may result in hundreds of people fleeing their homes. The group is now carrying out weekly attacks on churches and police stations in northern and central areas. Islamic clerics who speak out against the violence have been assassinated.
Last year saw an upsurge in Boko Haram's bloody activities, with some 550 people killed, culminating in a co-ordinated bombing campaign on Christmas Day across Nigeria which left 39 dead and dozens wounded, including at a church near the capital, Abuja."
January 6, 2012: Another Church Attack in Nigeria Kills 6
Voice of America: "The radical Islamist sect Boko Haram is suspected of the attack, and of pushing the country toward religious conflict.
The attack began when gunmen opened fire during a service at the Deeper Life church in Nasarawa. Theresa Munyok says that her father and her brother were among the dead.
"The only thing I heard was my mommy shouting," Munyok said. "She told me that it was gunshots and that my dad is not even breathing. She called and called and he did not wake up."
A purported spokesman for Boko Haram issued a warning on Sunday that said Christians had three days to leave the Muslim-majority north. A day earlier, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan declared a state of emergency in 15 locations across the north after months of deadly bombings and shootings, including several attacks for which Boko Haram claimed responsibility."
January 5, 2012: At Least 5 Dead, Others Wounded in Nigeria Church Attack
FoxNews: "GOMBE, Nigeria – Gunmen attacked a church in northeast Nigeria during a prayer service Thursday night, killing at least five people and wounding others in an assault that occurred amid an increasingly violent campaign by a radical Muslim sect.January 2, 2012: Christians warned to leave Nigeria - CNN
Pastor Johnson Jauro said the gunfire sprayed the Deeper Life Church in Gombe, the capital of Gombe state, injuring several worshipers and killing his wife and two others. He spoke at a local hospital, where a joint team of soldiers and police officers stood guard. Two other people later died at the hospital from their wounds and an Associated Press reporter saw their bodies.
Local police spokesman Ahmed Muhammad confirmed the attack, but declined to say how many people the gunmen killed and wounded.
The assault occurred as Nigeria remains under a warrior's attack by the sect known as Boko Haram. Know this we have been warned:
"You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not frightened, for those things must take place, but that is not yet the end." Matthew 24:6The oil-rich nation's president recently put regions of the country under a state of emergency due to the grave threat, but that did not include Gombe, which sits about 350 miles from Nigeria's central capital, Abuja.
No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, but suspicion immediately fell on Boko Haram. The sect has carried out increasingly sophisticated and bloody attacks in its campaign to implement strict Sharia law across Nigeria, a multi-ethnic nation of more than 160 million people.
Boko Haram, whose name means "Western education is sacrilege" in the local Hausa language, is responsible for more than 500 killings this year alone, according to an Associated Press count."
The militant Islamist group Boko Haram issues an ultimatum to Christians in northern Nigeria. CNN's Tim Lister reports.
PBS Newshour: "At least 39 people were killed in Christmas Day attacks on Christian churches in Nigeria. Margaret Warner discusses the bombings and the Boko Haram extremist group that claimed responsibility with Paul Lubeck, a sociology professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz."December 23, 2011: Multiple blasts rock two Nigerian cities
"Six blasts and gunfire rocked the Nigerian city of Maiduguri on Thursday, residents and a military source said, after explosions and shooting earlier broke out in another northeastern city. "There has so far been six explosions, and four of them in the same area," the military source said, adding that a shootout had also occurred on Thursday. Gunfire and explosions had earlier broken out in Damaturu. Both cities have previously been badly hit by violence blamed on the Islamist group Boko Haram."
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. John 3:16-17