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 531 ethnic groups in Nigeria, of which 114 are considered relatively unreached by Christianity. The three major ethnic groups are the Hausa/Fulani, Igbo, and Yoruba. Rivalry between these groups continues to dominate Nigerian politics.
Figures are difficult to confirm, but Joshua Project reports that 50.3% of Nigeria´s population are Christians, 43.6% are Muslims, and 5.8% adhere to other religions. Evangelicals make up 19.7 percent of the Christian population.
Recent Prayerline Posts
NIGERIA. Though greatly hindered by Boko Haram terrorists and the brutal military intervention, Missionary Crusaders Ministries has begun reaching a new mission field, the Gbagyi people. MCM discovered that this primitive tribe is in dire need of clean water and medical care. The ministry is preparing to send missionaries to live among five Gbagyi villages. Pray for a well ($4500) for the community, medical kits ($75 each), and motorcycles ...
NIGERIA. In mid-May the military was ordered to use whatever means necessary to rid the North of the Islamic terrorist group, Boko Haram. Yet instead of protecting its people, the military has indiscriminately bombed entire towns in its quest to kill the insurgents. Hundreds of thousands have fled the North in terror. Gabriel Barau, leader of Missionary Crusaders Ministries, hopes to provide aid and share Christ with these displaced people. ...
Indigenous Missions Projects in Nigeria
Posted December 18, 2012 - Nigeria
MCM missionaries are committed to remaining at their mission fields, despite the intensifying danger. Living very sacrificially, they often cannot afford to send their children to school. Gabriel is praying for $8,000 for the 24 MCM children who are presently attending primary school through university. This will cover the cost of school fees, uniforms, and school supplies. Read more.
Posted April 25, 2012 - Africa
Providing clean drinking water to poor African villagers is one of the most effective ways to open their hearts to the gospel. The following are a few examples of how wells are helping Christian Aid-supported native missionaries build God’s kingdom in Africa. Read more.
Posted April 23, 2012 - Nigeria
Fulani who accept Christ as Savior are at great risk of being killed by the Fulani community, which is very hostile toward the gospel. MCM has begun construction on a safe haven for Fulani believers, where they will be discipled, educated, and taught an income-generating skill. Read more.
Posted April 23, 2012 - Nigeria
Only a few believers exist among this strongly resistant tribe. Because Fulani society is very structured and closed to outsiders, mission work is highly dangerous. Indigenous Fulani missionaries have the best access to the tribe and well understand the risks. Read more.
November 3 is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church. Join Christian Aid Mission staff and believers across the globe as we intercede for those who risk all to proclaim the good news of the Savior. Read more.
April 19, 2013 - Terrorists set fire Friday to the homes/mission bases of three missionary families working with Christian Aid-supported Missionary Crusaders Ministries in Nigeria. Ministry leader, Gabriel Barau, sent this urgent report.Read more.
April 03, 2013 - In a recent report to Christian Aid Mission, Gabriel Barau, ministry leader of Missionary Crusaders Ministries in Nigeria, reports: “About five days ago, very close to one of our fields, 30 gun men walked into the town, destroyed the police station, released more than 100 prisoners, and killed 64 persons instantly. That is the tension we have in the northeast every day. We sincerely need your prayers to raise the funds needed to move our headquarters office to a safe location.”Read more.
January 10, 2013 - Once again Boko Haram has targeted Yola, Nigeria, headquarters of an indigenous ministry helped by Christian Aid since 1986. Multiple attacks killed 20+ last year. Just last week four more were killed, including a grandmother and grandchild burned to death in their home.
March 6, 2012 - "Now anything can make us a target. We must move immediately…We had no idea of the danger that was coming. We had no clue that the need to move would be so pressing and even a matter of life or death." Native missionary ministry leader. Read more.
January 26, 2012 - Just a few weeks ago, the Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram murdered Suleman Asmaul. A serious convert from Islam, Suleman spent time in discipleship training where he determined to take the gospel back to his own unreached and highly resistant Kanuri tribe. Read more.
January 25, 2012 - On January 20, multiple bombs rocked Kano as Boko Haram sprayed gunfire on 8 government sites including the headquarters of both local and zonal police, the State Security Service, which is the much-feared secret police, and immigration and passport offices. So far more than 200 people have died, many more are injured. Read more.
January 18, 2012 - First-hand report of a native missionary ministry leader supported by Christian Aid. "Thank God for His grace and mercy. Today, we buried Jacob Eloiyi, one of our ministry supporters who was killed by Islamic terrorists." Read more.
In 2000 MCM purchased 12 acres of land in a strategic Muslim city to serve as mission headquarters. Gabriel began construction of a school of missions and discipleship—a place for new Christians to develop their faith and seasoned ones to learn the skills needed to bring light to a very dark region. The school cost more than Gabriel had at the time it was started. But his faith drove him forward. The school’s concrete foundation was poured…and then remained vacant until resources were obtained. Read more.