Why Christians are dying in Nigeria: understanding Boko Haram
From Christmas Day bombings to weekly church attacks, Boko Haram is responsible for hundreds of deaths in Nigeria. But who exactly is this terror sect, and why do they exist?
Rae Burnett with Christian Aid Mission says Boko Haram is about one thing: "Their agenda is Sharia. It is to establish Islamic rule in Nigeria." Boko Haram was formed over 10 years ago with the goals of jihad and power. In recent months, reaching those goals has meant attacking churches. “If you look at the Quran, what you see is that there are two ways that Muslims are instructed to deal with non-Muslims: that is to convert them, or to kill them." Boko Haram has chosen the latter.
Whatever the combination of reasons for their terror, as attacks heat up against believers in Nigeria, prayer is vital. Pray for these radicals to turn to Christ, and for Christians to know how to respond to attacks.