Friday, May 8
Older Adult Week
Nigeria is a country of divisions: North/South; Muslim/Christian; Hausa and Fulani / Yoruba and Igbo; cattle herders / farmers; the poor majority, which earns $2 per day or less / the wealthy minority, enriched by the billions in annual oil revenue. (About 25 percent of Nigeria’s oil is exported to the United States, so American money is fueling some of this division.)
In recent years, Nigeria has witnessed considerable strife and violence that seems to be religiously based. In the Northeast, a militia group known as Boko Haram has fought against Western influence, and although this violence is most often aimed at Muslims, Christians and churches have also been targeted. Most of the members of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria come from the Southeast—home to the Igbo, Efik, and Ibibio ethnic groups. When violence breaks out somewhere in Nigeria, people and groups tend to takes sides and demand retribution. The Nigerian military has responded to the violence with a vengeance, killing both militia members and many innocent bystanders. The situation is desperate.
But there are signs of promise amid the distress. Many voices, including the church, are speaking out for peace and justice. An emerging professional middle class is working for stability and development. And a vibrant entrepreneurial and creative spirit is thriving. These developments nurture hope of a better future for Nigeria.
—Rev. Josh Heikkila, PC(USA) regional liaison for West Africa
Let us join in prayer for:
Presbyterian Church of Nigeria: Rev. Professor Emele Mba Uka, moderator, Rev. Ndukwe Nwachukwa Eme, principal clerk • Christian Council of Nigeria
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
We pray for our brothers and sisters in Nigeria, especially those in the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria. We pray that they can begin to address the divisions that separate people from one another. And, Holy Spirit, we trust that you will inspire them with ideas for creating a deep and lasting peace. Amen.