Nigerians Flee to Cities Amid Extremist Violence, Spoken Worldwide Celebrates Planting Church in a Small Village

The photo shows Nigerian Christian leaders sharing the story of Luke 18:1-8 in a rural church. (Photo courtesy of Spoken Worldwide on Facebook)

Extremist violence in northern Nigeria threatens the existence of rural communities.

Ed Weaver with Spoken Worldwide says it’s causing people to leave the countryside and pour into the cities. “I had a team that was traveling around Northern Nigeria in late March and early April. This is the first time in Nigeria when to travel on the roads out in the more rural areas, we actually had to have a security team.”

“That wasn’t so much alarming or surprising. It was just sobering.”

Religious violence

Nigerian Christians often suffer the brunt of the violence from groups like Boko Haram or the Islamic State West Africa Province.

Attacks also come from groups of Fulani herdsmen, Weaver explains. “They believe all cattle are given to them by God. So if you’ve got cattle, and you’re not Fulani, they can rightfully take it because it’s a God-given gift. They don’t even see that as stealing.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Kevin Zeller

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