Nigeria – Elections Begin Today As Violence Continues

Elections begin tomorrow as violence continues

The delayed elections will begin in Nigeria tomorrow as violent attacks increase across the centre of Nigeria. Christians are reportedly fleeing parts of the north amid fears that the violence that marred the 2011 elections will be repeated. After an attack on Gombe on 14 February, Boko Haram told residents not to vote and warned that they would bomb polling stations.

Elizabeth Shinkut, whose husband was killed by Fulani herdsmen in January, says: “We have been praying to God to touch their hearts and stop these killings and destruction.”

Please Pray:

  • For comfort and provision for those affected by violence
  • For God to touch the hearts of members of violent groups in the region
  • For these elections to be fair and safe
  • For protection for Christian communities both during and after the elections.

Presidential candidates promote peace

Attacks on Christian communities in the states across the centre of Nigeria, known as the Middle Belt, have increased dramatically in the run-up to the elections. One hundred people were killed in a village in Benue state, close to the Cameroon border, as Fulani herdsmen broke into homes and started shooting while their victims slept in the early hours of 15 March.

Presidential candidate General Muhammadu Buhari, himself an ethnic Fulani, condemned the attack as ‘killings in cold blood’. He and the current president, Goodluck Jonathan, have urged their supporters to embrace peace, regardless of who wins.


We have created specific prayer points for the Nigerian elections and other resources to help you pray for Nigeria. Please speak out and encourage your church or small group to pray for Nigeria at this crucial time.


With many thanks for your prayers.

Lisa Pearce
CEO Open Doors UK & Ireland

As you know I am a great supporter of persecuted Christians.

Please add your prayers to mine to give deep inner strength and courage, not only to Christians, but people of all religious faiths, who are being continually threatened with violence for the beliefs.

With many peaceful blessings



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