The Islamist group ‘Boko Haram’, have been terrorising Nigerian Christians for many years. The Islamists are determined to eradicate Christians from Nigeria. Despite this violent persecution, Christianity – and Catholicism in particular – continues to grow in Nigeria.
Christmas Eve 2020, the Islamist group Boko Haram launched an attack that left 11 Nigerian Christians dead. The attack took place in the Christian village of Pemi, in north-eastern Nigeria. A priest was also abducted during the attack. Boko Haram’s attempt to destroy Christianity in Nigeria is believed by many to have actually strengthened the Catholic Church in Nigeria. Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri is one of these people. In our recent interview with him, he said:
“As long as the kingdom of God continues, no evil human forces will overcome it. Over 200 churches have been burned down, as well as schools, but we will not be defeated…We are a people of faith and, in terms of the Church, Boko Haram is not the only evil we have faced. We are deeply devoted to Mary. God will crush Boko Haram in his own time.”
Praise God for the leadership and moral fortitude of Bishop Doeme! Please join us in praying for his diocese, for Nigeria, and for the entire continent of Africa – which is now home to the fastest growing Catholic population on the planet.