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Nigeria: Villages raided, more Christians killed

Many Christian villages in central Nigeria were attacked and a number of people were killed in raids by suspected Fulani militants on Sunday (the Fulani, mainly Muslim, are one of the most powerful people groups in west Africa). Militants attacked 20 villages in the Agatu local government area of Benue state, killing more than 30 people. Many fled to displacement camps in neighbouring Kogi state. Meanwhile, in the Barkin Ladi area of Plateau state, militants attacked several villages in Dorowa. Nigerian military responded to the attack but ‘made no search nor any arrests’. As Boko Haram attacks gradually build up around the north-east states, Fulani terror activities are also on the rise in central Nigeria. Please pray now for our brothers and sisters in Christ, facing this new threat.

Pray: that officials and the military will act with firm resolve to end these attacks and protect vulnerable Christian communities. (Zec.10:5)
More: http://www.releaseinternational.org/nigeria-christians-killed-as-villages-raided/

Nigeria: Boko Haram survivors - food shortages

Since Nigeria's army began clearing areas of the country's northeast from Boko Haram, some internally displaced people have started returning home. But thousands could now face severe food shortages as reconstruction is delayed. Some trade has resumed in towns, but ghostly pockets and haunting reminders of the insurgent takeover are evident. Three months after the fighting ended, the smell of rotting corpses still clings to the air by the Church of the Brethren near Mararaba. People have returned to Adamawa province, but health clinics, banks and schools are still lacking and vast stretches of farmland stand barren. People are afraid and lack the equipment and manpower to farm, so for the moment they can’t live off the land. There is no sign of government aid. The rainy season comes next month and landmines are still dotted around. About a week ago a bomb exploded when people went to clear the land.

Pray: for those who have returned to devastation to receive help and much needed support. (Ps.118:13)
More: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/boko.haram.survivors.now.face.severe.food.shortages/53684.htm

Nigeria: Turning point in Nigeria’s war against Boko Haram

Last week Prayer-Alert reported the release of 234 women and girls from Boko Haram. The total number of hostages released in the past few days has risen to 700. This marks a revival of fortunes for Nigeria’s military. More hostages have been freed in the past few weeks than in the past six years of the Boko Haram insurgency. This is due to the military receiving vital equipment and more support from the Nigerian people, who gave valuable information to track down the insurgents. Getting the Nigerian people on the side of the army would have been unlikely a few months back, given the military's appalling human rights record in the north east. The imminent arrival of Muhammadu Buhari as President has piloted a new sense of confidence. The former military strongman has vowed to crush the Muslim extremists. As the assault on Boko Haram’s stronghold continues it is hoped more victims will be released.

Pray: for adequate treatment to be put in place to deal with cases of post-traumatic stress disorder.(1Pe.5:7)
More: http://allafrica.com/stories/201505030230.html

Nigeria: Buhari declares Boko Haram a fraud and 300 hostages are rescued

Nigeria's President-elect Muhammadu Buhari said on Monday, ‘The fraud called Boko Haram can be defeated by denying it a recruitment base. No religion allows for the killing of children in school dormitory, in markets and places of worship. They have nothing to do with religion. They are terrorists and we are going to deal with them as they deal with terrorists anywhere.’ Buhari said Boko Haram will be denied a recruitment base.  He lamented the destruction of schools in northern Nigeria, an action he said could deny thousands of youngsters access to education and a better future unless something is done urgently to end the crisis. Meanwhile on Wednesday the Nigeria army rescued nearly 300 females from Boko Haram.  An army spokesman says the hostages freed during military offensive are not schoolgirls abducted from Chibok last year. For the full story go to:-

Pray: that God will use the new government successfully to implement change and pave the way for more hostages to be released. (Ps.121:5)
More: http://news.peacefmonline.com/pages/news/201504/240244.php

Nigeria: Election campaigns almost divided Lagos

Lagos’ Governor Babatunde Fashola said on Tuesday that the 2015 general election campaigns almost divided Lagos along ethnic line and civil service administration. This comment came as the Lagos State Governor-elect, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, urged the civil servants in the state to continue giving support to his incoming team in order to continue the work in the state.  Fashola said that the task ahead is daunting both at the national and state level and noted that 2015 election campaigns recorded unprecedented hype compared to previous elections in the country. ‘I have been involved in four elections, but in none of those elections have I seen a campaign that tried to divide our public service. I have never seen posters in front of the state secretariat that distorted the reality of our condition in service’.

Pray: that the new Governor will run an open administration that would thrive on the contributions of residents from different backgrounds but who are united with the best interests of the state at their heart. (Ps.110:1)
More: www.vanguardngr.com/2015/04/2015-election-campaigns-almost-divided-lagos-fashola/

Nigeria: Historic election outcome

Incumbent Goodluck Jonathan phoned former military leader Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday to concede defeat in Nigeria's presidential elections, he then followed the phone call with a written statement to his countrymen. Jonathan’s speedy action and words have hopefully prevented violent protests breaking out after calls for calm from the two main candidates and a warning by the United States and Britain against political interference amid earlier claims of vote-rigging and voter intimidation. ‘I promised the country free and fair elections. I have kept my word,’ Mr Jonathan said. A spokesman for Gen Buhari's All Progressives Congress party said, ‘Mr Jonathan will remain a hero for this move. The tension will go down dramatically.’ After a close election there will be many who are unhappy with this outcome but ‘democracy is deepening in Nigeria’ even though the poll has revealed dangerous religious and regional differences - violence still threatens.

Pray: for calm celebrations without supporters attacking opponents, so that Nigeria’s deepening democracy may be a tonic to other countries in Africa. Pray for God to move the heart of and speak through Mr Buhari (2 Ch 36:22)
More: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-32139858

NCEF: POST ELECTION STATEMENT

NATIONAL CHRISTIAN ELDERS FORUM (NCEF):

POST ELECTION STATEMENT

The National Christian Elders Forum (NCEF) wishes to join all Nigerians to thank God for the peaceful conduct of the Presidential elections. Despite the enormous tension and apprehension that preceded the election, Nigerians have demonstrated political maturity that elections can be won and lost without recourse to violence or acrimony.

The National Christian Elders Forum wishes to congratulate and commend the President and Commander in Chief of Nigerian Armed Forces, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for displaying quality Christian and democratic character by his peaceful concession of defeat at the polls and congratulating the winner General Muhammadu Buhari. We join all Nigerians, and indeed the entire world, to commend his act of statesmanship.

NIGERIA: A BARNACLES ENCRUSTED SHIP

A picture conveyed by Dr. Oluwasayo Ajiboye, President or Redeemers Bible College and Seminary

I know that some of us are still feeling very Raw from the events of the past few days... We are on our own ROAD TO EMMAUS...; Yet God of Israel has not forsaken us. WE MIGHT HAVE ACHIEVED MORE THAN ANY PERCEIVED LOSS. So let us give Praise to Him who RULES OVER NATIONS.

I was in Prayer with my Team at the UN Plaza all day today (April 1, 2015) ... Around Evening Time (EST- USA) the Lord spoke: the words were simple "THE DESTINY OF THE NATION OF NIGERIA IS STILL IN THE WOMB OF THE CHURCH!"

God suddenly spoke in a parable that was not difficult to decode. We saw the picture of a ship totally encrusted with hardened Barnacles. Only a small portion of its hull was free of this Barnacle infestation. The portion that was free was however WHITE – TOTALLY WHITE! Someone was then given a Shovel and told to start removing the Barnacles. Any one that have had contact with hardened Barnacles knows the following: Removing Barnacles is one of the Toughest Job in the Universe. It is exactly the same as removing Concrete.

WHAT IS GOD SAYING THROUGH THE RESULTS OF THIS ELECTION?

Some Personal Comments and Suggestions from Moses Gbenu

Dear Intercessors,

We want to appreciate your prayer burdens, labour and prayer investments for the nation and particularly for the just concluded Presidential elections in Nigeria.

First, we must thank the Lord for the relative peace we enjoyed during and after these elections. In a state like like Portharcourt, we heard of certain politicians alleged to have gone berserk to manipulate or resist manipulations and the burning of INEC office in the state. We also had places like Gombe/Bauchi or so where some terrorists killed some voters. Altogether, about 50 people were reported to have been killed just before and during the election. Generally, however, the atmosphere has been generally peaceful throughout Nigeria, even in the North East where war is going on against the Islamic insurgents.

NIGERIA's ELECTIONS: WE GOT WHAT WE WANTED

A personal reflection from Victor Odunjo

Beloved,

Our GOD is mysterious. He decided to give us what we wanted. He gave us (as a nation) our heart desire. Lest we should ever turn around,like the Israelites, and say "If only BUHARI were our President".

Eru Olorun ba mi.( I stand in awe of God).  He would rather give us Buhari, our heart desire, than allow a bloodbath that could greet a Jonathan re-election. The 2011 election was not this keenly contested, see how many lives were lost.

Nothing really has changed. My only prayer now is for Buhari to prove me wrong. But Let us continue to be alert and watch unto prayer.

Post Election Scriptures

A respondent shared the following scriptures following the election outcome:

1 Samuel 8: 4-7
4 Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah,
5 And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.
6 But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD.
7 And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

1 Samuel 10: 23-25
23 And they ran and fetched him thence: and when he stood among the people, he was higher than any of the people from his shoulders and upward.
24 And Samuel said to all the people, See ye him whom the LORD hath chosen, that there is none like him among all the people? And all the people shouted, and said, God save the king.
25 Then Samuel told the people the manner of the kingdom, and wrote it in a book, and laid it up before the LORD. And Samuel sent all the people away, every man to his house.

Psalm 81: 11-16
11 ... But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.
12   So I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust: and they walked in their own counsels.
13. Oh that my people had hearkened unto me,  and Israel had walked in my ways!...
14    I should soon have subdued their enemies, and turned my hand against their adversaries.
15. The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him:but their time should have endured for ever.
16. He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat:and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.

Nigeria: Voting this Saturday - Sharia or Christian country?

Muhammad Buhari wants to replace the current Christian President of Nigeria. Buhari has said in the past, ‘Sharia should be introduced across Nigeria. I will continue to show openly and inside me total commitment to the Sharia movement. God willing, we will not stop agitating for total implementation of the Sharia in Nigeria. God has given us a legal responsibility to continue to uphold the practice of Sharia wholeheartedly and educate non-Muslims that they have nothing to fear. What remains for Muslims in Nigeria is for them to redouble their efforts, educate Muslims on the need to promote the full implementation of Sharia law.’ Buhari’s comments were interpreted as a call for the imposition of Sharia even in the mainly Christian south. Also in the run-up to federal elections Nigerian journalists have been attacked and beaten at political rallies, and fear attack from militants. See:

Pray: for peace in Nigeria’s  election season that finishes on 11 April and for Mr Jonathan to repeat his 2011 presidential election result (22 million votes against his major rival's 12 million). (Ps.109:21)

More: http://pointblanknews.com/pbn/exclusive/buhari-calls-total-sharia-nigeria/

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