Death of Boko Haram Leader Unlikely to Alter Nigeria’s Instability

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Demonstrators in Nigeria want President Buhari out after admitting his failure to control the ongoing insurgency. Police used teargas to break up protests in two major cities on Saturday.

Rebel fighters and Fulani herdsmen are behind Nigeria’s bloodshed, along with larger groups like Boko Haram and the Islamic State. See our full Nigeria coverage here.

“Nigeria continues to be at the forefront. [According to a recent report,] 1,400 Nigerian Christians have been murdered and 2,000 abducted just in the last four months,” Greg Musselman with Voice of the Martyrs Canada says.

“Muslims also have been killed. I was talking to somebody in Nigeria recently, and he [emphasizes] ‘hey, it’s not just Christians getting killed here. It’s also Muslims who may be more moderate.’”

This targeting reportedly pitted one jihadist group against another. Fighters from the Islamic State West African Province (ISWAP) allegedly cornered Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, in combat last month, resulting in Shekau’s death by suicide.

“Boko Haram [is] responsible for the death of thousands and thousands of people. Abubakar Shekau is a notoriously destructive, violent man,” Musselman says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Ask God to protect believers in Nigeria and throughout the region.
  • May God minister great comfort and healing to all who have been injured or bereaved as a result of the militants’ brutal attacks.
  • As government officials persevere in their endeavors to overcome terrorism, may they be granted wisdom, courage, strength and help from on high.

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