Land. It can be owned, taken, possessed; given away, or forcefully taken.
Just recently, much of the land—and the people—of Northern Nigeria has been taken back from Boko Haram. One of the main terrorists from Boko Haram, Adamu Rugu Rugu, was killed in warfare. While this is a victory, there has been tragedy: The town of Rann was attacked. 60 people in the town were killed by Boko Haram on approximately January 19th, 2019, and soldiers were driven away. On top of this, the land of Northern Nigeria has been the backdrop of the ongoing war between Fulani Herdsmen and Nigerian indigenous peoples (you can learn more about them here and in this blogpost).
This daily fight for land in Northern Nigeria seems to never stop; it has been going on for decades, and sadly shows no sign of slowing down.
The most heartbreaking thing about this?
The war may be about land, but it is affecting hundreds and thousands of people who are now displaced and impoverished.
People have been treaded on in the pursuit of power. It is as the book of Joel laments, “I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land. They cast lots for my people and traded boys for prostitutes; they sold girls for wine to drink” (Joel 3:2-3, NIV).
It is a great tragedy when people are cast aside to gain power, and it must be stopped. Please pray with me over the land wars happening in Northern Nigeria.
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Please pray for (find the prayer sheet here)…
- The Chibok girls and Leah Sharibu.
- Those directly affected by this war.
- Those fighting this war—that it would bring Fulani herdsmen, Nigerian indigenous people and Boko Haram all to Christ.
Thank you for your prayers.