Nigeria

Praise the Lord that Christian Aid is reaching the nations!

— Donna K., PA

The letters we get from Christian Aid keep us informed of the needs of our brothers and sisters in Christ. Thank you so much.

— Charles and Susana C., KY

Thank God for the good work you are doing.

— David E., NY

I praise God for the GREAT and MARVELOUS work He is doing through your ministries to our Brethren.

— DonnElise K.

Thank you for the letters included with our receipts. They help me understand your work. They remind me to pray for you….because you are missionaries too.

— Janet H., MT

Praise God for your ministry! Many others need to do missions this way.

— Sonja K., ME

Top 5 People Groups

Yoruba of Nigeria: 33,769,000

Hausa: 29,448,000

Igbo of Nigeria: 27,812,000

Fulani: 13,123,000

Kanuri of Nigeria: 6,585,000

Religion

Christian: 50.6%

Evangelical: 23.9%

Muslim: 43.3%

Ethnic: 5.7%


Reference:

Operation World

CIA Factbook

Joshua Project

About Nigeria

Sometimes referred to as “the Giant of Africa,” Nigeria is home to over 174 million people. It is the most populous nation in the African continent and the seventh most populous country in the world. A member of the Commonwealth of Nations, Nigeria gained independence from Britain in 1960. Today it is a federal constitutional republic comprising 36 states and the federal capital area of Abuja.

Although constitutionally it is a secular country, there is a sharp divide between Muslims who live mostly in the north and Christians who live in the central and southern regions. Persecution of Christians by violent Islamist groups in the north continues to grow. Hundreds of churches have been burned and many believers killed. Since 1999, local Muslim leaders have imposed sharia law in nine northern states and parts of several others. The jihadist militant group Boko Haram is based in northeastern Nigeria and is allegedly responsible for between 3,000 to 10,000 deaths since its founding in 2001.

There are 544 ethnic groups in Nigeria, of which 96 are considered relatively unreached by Christianity. The three major ethnic groups are the Yoruba, Hausa/Fulani, and Igbo. Rivalry between these groups continues to dominate Nigerian politics.

Figures are difficult to confirm, but Joshua Project reports that 50.5% of Nigeria´s population are Christians, 43.4% are Muslims, and 5.7% adhere to other religions. Evangelicals make up 23.7 percent of the Christian population.

Recent Prayerline Posts

NIGERIA. Idris was once a farmer and a Muslim; now he is neither. When Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram overran his home in northeast Nigeria, slaughtering those who refused to follow their orders, ...

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