Nigeria (MNN) – Nigeria now has the highest number of Islamic State violence cases in the world, according to a new report from Jihad Analytics. For the first time in the history of the Islamic State, Iraq is no longer the place where it has the most activity.
ISWAP, the Islamic State affiliate responsible for the attacks in Nigeria, looks set to build a caliphate. “I think that’s absolutely the order of the day,” Greg Kelley of Global mission said.
“They are basically eliminating Christianity in northern Nigeria.”
Government negligence paves the way for a terrorist stronghold. “Last week, 140 people were killed in four villages in the north [of the country]. The government did absolutely nothing about it,” Kelley says.
“Houses have been reduced to ashes; 140 people were massacred, and the government does not talk about it. They want to sweep it under the rug.
According to Joseph V. Micallef, author and US military historian, Nigeria presents a prime opportunity:
If a new “territorial caliphate” of the Islamic State emerges, it is likely to do so in Africa. With Washington now focused on geopolitical, economic and military competition with China and Russia, and with little American or European appetite to continue the global fight against jihadists, the likelihood of a new ISIS-like state in sub-Saharan Africa Africa is a very real possibility.
World Mission partners with local believers to reach Northern Nigeria for Christ.
“They (the local believers) speak the language they love Jesus, and more importantly, they have a passion for unreached people groups,” Kelley says.
“We send out solar-powered audio Bibles that contain the languages of the people there: Fulani, Hausa, Canary – different groups of unreached people who are less than 1% Christian. It is the exclusive work of World Mission because the Gospel has not been there.
The displacement camps in northern Nigeria provide opportunities for evangelism. “What you see are thousands of people who have lost everything. They are traumatized and seek help; their hearts are open to the gospel,” says Kelley.
“People are getting to know Jesus amidst this chaos and carnage inside Nigeria.”
Header image courtesy of The Voice of the Martyrs USA.