Pray for: Nigeria

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Key Stats

Religion & Geography
Category Statistic
Continent: Africa
Capital: Abuja
Population: 211,400,704
% Urban: 52.7 %
Population Under 15 Yrs: 43.7 %
Official Language: English. Hausa is widely used in the north and middle belt, Yoruba in the southwest, Igbo in the southeast and Pidgin English all over the south
Languages: 521
Literacy Rate: 60 %
HDI Ranking: 161 / 189
% Christian: 51.3 %
% Evangelical: 30.8 %
Largest Religion: Christian
% Largest Religion: 51.3 %
People Groups: 544
Least Reached People Groups: 90
% Unevangelized: 21 %
Persecution Ranking: 9 / 50

Nigeria

Title: Nigeria

Tier: 1

Type: country

Church growth has been massive and remains so. A large majority of West Africa’s evangelicals live in Nigeria. Nigeria has the world 4th, and possibly 3rd, highest number of evangelicals in the world. Catholics, Anglicans, traditional Protestant groups, and newer Pentecostal and charismatic groups all grow. Much growth comes from among Muslims and those who follow tribal religions. This growth often happened quietly, in less obvious ways. Praise God for the millions who have come to know Him in Nigeria!

Nigeria

Title: Nigeria

Tier: 1

Type: country

Africa and Nigeria’s greatest spiritual challenge is discipleship, not Islam, not corruption, and not even the need for missions. The Church grew so fast that many new believers have little chance to be discipled. Much division and false teaching enters into churches. Prosperity teaching distorts the gospel. A form of Christianity mixed with African tribal religious practices is common. The Church needs a balanced and biblical approach to spiritual warfare, to healing and miracles, and to outreach towards other religions. Many Christians seem to live by other values than what the Bible clearly teaches. Pray that humility, simplicity, and holiness might become the motto of the Nigerian Church.

Nigeria

Title: Nigeria

Tier: 1

Type: country

Persecution of Christians continues to increase, especially in the north. Some extremist Muslim groups have killed thousands of people, and have destroyed hundreds or even thousands of churches. Persecution unites Christians and drives them to the Lord in prayer, but it also threatens the very core of Nigerian society and statehood. Pray for restoration and recovery for those who suffer from loss, or from rape. Pray for forgiveness, and for deliverance from a spirit of revenge. Pray for believers to respond in the most Christ-like way possible. Finally, pray that the enemies of Christ who commit these terrible acts would become His followers!

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Content taken or adapted from Operation World, 7th Edition (2010) and Pray for the World (2015). Both books are published by InterVarsity Press. All rights reserved.