Maronite - Christian persecution is taking place in Nigeria today at alarming levels. On January 21, it was confirmed that Rev. Lawan Andimi was beheaded by Boko Haram terrorists for his refusal to renounce Christ. Shortly after Christmas, 11 Nigerian Christians from Nigeria's north-eastern Borno State were executed (10 by beheading and one by gunshot) by Islamic State terrorists.
The United States Commission on International Religious Freedom ranks Nigeria as a Tier 1 Country of Particular Concern and found that the "Nigerian government at the national and state levels continued to tolerate violence and discrimination on the basis of religion or belief, and suppressed the freedom to manifest religion or belief."
Nigeria is ranked as the 12th highest country of persecution by Open Doors, a nonprofit ministry supporting persecuted Christians across the globe. Between November 2018 and October 2019, Open Doors verified that at least 1,350 Christians were killed, 1,804 attacked, and 245 arrested in acts of persecution.
2020 World Watch List By Open Doors
"Around the world, more than 260 million Christians live in places where they experience high levels of persecution, just for following Jesus. That’s 1 in 8 believers, worldwide."
IDC - In Defense of Christians
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