The people of Nigeria, particularly in the Diocese of Maiduguri have endured great atrocities.

Their churches have been desecrated; their loved ones slaughtered – and the women, girls and young men have been kidnapped.

The Islamic fundamentalist (BOKO HARAM) Campaign of Terror has:

  • Destroyed 200 Churches and Mass stations destroyed
  • Displaced 1.8 million people in Borno State  and
  • Created 5,000 widows and 25,000 orphans in Maiduguri alone

Over 100 Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped in April 2014 are still being held in captivity by Boko Haram and their whereabouts are unknown.

But it is not just the Islamic militants who are causing misery for Nigeria’s Christians – nomadic Fulani tribesmen are attacking towns and villages.

Problems such as these along with extreme poverty and widespread corruption confront the African Church throughout the continent and this largely goes to explain why in 2017 almost 30% of Aid to the Church in Need’s help went to support the Church in Africa.

Speaking to Aid to the Church in Need, Archbishop Matthew Man-Oso Ndgoso of Kaduna, Nigeria  said:

‘Aid to the Church in Need’s solidarity visit gives us hope and courage. We are immensely indebted to all of you.  Please be assured of our continued spiritual support and cooperation in your commitment to help the Church in need wherever she exists.’ 

This article can be found in Mirror 0218.