ABUJA, Nigeria — This year began as a deadly one for Christians in Nigeria, with 80 killed for their faith just in the first week.
Because of the pervasiveness of violence against Christians in Nigeria, the country has led the world in the number of believers killed for their faith or kidnapped.
Christian Daily International and Morning Star News report the following atrocities so far in 2024:
- Jan. 1 — Fifteen Christians were slain when Islamic extremists — reportedly from the terrorist group Boko Haram — ambushed two villages in Borno State. A “young Christian girl” also was abducted.
- Jan. 3 — Muslim Fulani herdsmen are suspected of murdering 41 Christians in four villages in Kaduna State and kidnapping others.
- Jan. 5 — In Yobe state, 14 members of Church of Christ in Nations in Kwari — including Luka Levong, the church’s pastor — were killed. Sources said the assailants were members of the terrorist group Islamic State West Africa Province.
- Jan. 7 — Ten Christians were slain in three villages in Benue State. The attackers went house to house killing people.
Nigeria is No. 6 on Open Doors’ 2024 World Watch List of places most difficult to be a Christian.