All are invited to pray for Nigeria during this troubled time.
In an online video clip released over the weekend, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau told Nigeria’s Christian President Goodluck Jonathan to “repent and forsake Christianity.”
The News Agency of Nigeria said Shekau, speaking in Hausa, said the president should convert or resign if he wanted Boko Haram to end its violent campaign. Boko Haram has claimed responsibility for dozens of deadly bombings and other attacks, mostly targeting Christians in northern parts of Africa’s most populous country. It has vowed to cleanse northern Nigeria of Christians.
Declared goals of the group include banning non-Islamic education and extending shari’a (Islamic law) – currently implemented in 12 northern states – across the entire country, 40 percent of whose people are Christians.