Pray for Nigeria

Learn about and pray for Nigeria in just 5 minutes per week!

Receive one email per week for 13 weeks about Nigeria’s history, geography, persecution profile, and largest unreached people groups.

Specific prayer points are included in each email.

Introduction

Morocco, often considered the “far west” of Africa, has a rich history influenced by Berbers, Arab conquerors, and European colonization. Its strategic location and abundant phosphate resources have made it an economic leader. The nation has a constitutional monarchy, with the king as both the head of state and religion.

Despite Sunni Islam being the state religion, Morocco tolerates religious diversity, including Christians and Jews, but freedoms have eroded over time. Christians are monitored, and some have faced imprisonment. Anti-Christian sentiment is prevalent, fueled by media. Christians worship discreetly due to the fear of religious violence.

Despite these challenges, a small Moroccan Christian community is emerging, with approximately 2,000 believers meeting in scattered house churches, facing unity and visibility struggles.

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map of Morocco

Fast Facts

Capital City: Abuja

Population: 223 million (30% unreached)

People Groups: 542

Unreached People Groups: 53

Frontier People Groups: 9

10/40 Window: Yes

map of people groups in Nigeria

Major People Groups: 42% Moroccan Arab; 12% Arabized Berber; 9% Southern Shilha (Shleuh); 8% White Moor (Bidan); 7% Central Shilha (Berraber)

Major Religions:Christian 46%, Muslim 46%, Ethnic religions 7%

Language: English, Hausa, Yoruba

GDP Per Capita: $4,900

Literacy Rate: 62%

Did you know? Nigeria is often referred to as the “Silicon Valley of Africa.” It has a thriving tech industry with numerous tech hubs, startups, and innovation centers, especially in cities like Lagos.

Pray for the unreached people groups of Nigeria

Below are the 10 largest unreached people groups in Nigeria:

 

Name Religion Population
1. Hausa Islam 38,016,000
2. Fulani, Nigerian Islam 17,726,000
3. Kanuri, Yerwa Islam 7,802,000
4. Fulani, Adamawa Islam 1,683,000
5. Gera, Gerawa Islam 433,000
6. Bade Islam 428,000
7. Kanuri, Manga Islam 422,000
8. Baggara, Shuwa Arab Islam 265,000
9. Bole, Bolewa Islam 180,000
10. Zarma Islam 165,000

 

Pray for Christians being persecuted

Nigeria is ranked #6 on the 2023 World Watch List published by Open Doors.

Attacks by Islamic militant groups have increased consistently since 2015, but the government has failed to prevent the rise in violence, which affects all Nigerians but particularly Christians.

The violence is most pervasive in the north, where militant groups inflict murder, physical injury, abduction and sexual violence on their victims. Christians are dispossessed of their land and their means of livelihood. Many live as internally displaced people or refugees.

World Watch List

You can learn about Christian persecution and pray for our brothers and sisters who being persecuted around the world by praying through the Open Doors’ World Watch List.

 

[God] has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.

Paul

2 Corinthians 1:10-11

Pray for Nigeria

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