The state governor has ordered the arrest of the chief engineer.
CHR Comment: The building collapsed while the bishop was being installed. Allegations of corruption are the basis of the investigation.
Source: Official: Nigerian church that collapsed, killing 160, had many faults
Christians in a town in Nigeria are living in a state of shock and fear after Fulani herdsmen launched back-to-back attacks on their community in the past days, leaving over 40 people dead.
Source: Christians In Nigeria Devastated After Suffering Back-To-Back Attacks By Fulani Herdsmen | Christian News on Christian Today
CHR Comment: Earlier reports made clear that many of these girls are from Christian families. See the New York Times article below.
Source: Nigeria’s Boko Haram frees 21 kidnapped Chibok girls after 2-1/2 years | Reuters
New York Times Article
They were lying in ambush. When the Boko Haram militants on board motorbikes saw a group of Christians returning home from church service, they opened fire, killing eight of them, according to survivors.
CHR Comment: The Nigerian government is trying to negotiate the release of kidnapped girls. Many of these girls come from Christian villages and families as earlier reports have shown. As negotiations failed, Boko Haram militants renewed their attacks.
Source: Boko Haram militants shoot Christians returning home from church in Nigeria, killing 8; 2 other attacks claim 10 lives | Christian News on Christian Today
A mob of radical Muslims vandalized multiple churches in northern Nigeria and beat a Christian student nearly to death after he was accused of insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad.
CHR Comment: The article explains that a fellow Christian and a moderate Muslim helped take the injured student to the hospital. All three were university students.
Source: Radical Muslims Kill 8 People in Nigeria, Vandalize Churches After Christian Student Is Accused of Insulting Islam
The Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram releases a video showing some 50 of the schoolgirls seized by the group from Chibok more than two years ago.
CHR Comment: Boko Haram continue to abuse and exploit the Chibok girls whom they took captive in April 2014. The report notes that many of these girls are Christians, now forced to “marry” Islam militants.
Source: Nigeria Chibok girls: Boko Haram video shows captives – BBC News
One of Nigeria’s most high profile pastors gets social media cooking with comments about what makes an ideal spouse.
CHR Comment: Pastor Enoch Adeboye of Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of Nigeria’s faster growing congregations, sparked controversy while teaching about male and female relationships and roles. The comments appeared in a video released online, which generated many views and responses.
Source: ‘Don’t marry a woman who can’t cook’ – BBC News
A Christian mother of seven was hacked to death by suspected Muslim radicals in Nigeria and her mutilated body was discovered in a pool of blood along with a Bible and megaphone she used to preach every morning.
CHR Comment: This is a strange story. Would it be normal for someone to preach with a megaphone at 5 AM? Could the motive for the killing extend to anger over the noise so early in the morning?
Eunice Olawale was a minister at Redeemed Christian Church.
Source: Christian Mother of 7 Hacked to Death in Nigeria While Preaching
Christianity is growing so fast and so noisily in parts of Nigeria that the authorities are actually having to shut churches down – to secure peace and quiet for local residents.
CHR Comment: 70 churches were shut down for not complying with local ordinances that are trying to address noise pollution in the city. Mosques and clubs have also been shut down. But the rapid growth of numerous, small local churches alongside large churches like the one pictured above are contributing to overwhelming noise pollution. The article notes the large number of Anglicans in Nigeria and the fact that the population of the country is projected to double by 2050.
The article also mentions a conservative Anglican organization called Gafcon, which stands for Global Anglican Future. For more on Gafcon, see second link below.
Source: Churches forced to shut in Nigeria – for being too noisy | Christian News on Christian Today
More than 50,000 people have been forced to flee their homes in southeastern Niger after a series of attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram, the United Nations refugee agency said Tuesday.
CHR Comment: The article does not describe the religious character of the violence in Nigeria. Boko Haram is an Islamic militant group whose name means “western education is forbidden.” The group is notorious for its attacks upon Christians and other non-Muslims. The second link takes you to the 2015 church history summary, which describes Boko Haram as the bloodiest jihadist group of that year.
In the picture above, the boy holds a French sign saying , “Je suis Diffa” (“I am Diffa”), which refers to the region of Nigeria attacked.
Source: Boko Haram attacks force 50,000 people to flee homes in Niger