Published: 00:00 GMT Daylight Time - Wednesday 18 April 2012
Daily Prayer - Wednesday 18 April 2012
Following the Christmas Day attacks, Boko Haram issued an ultimatum on New Year’s Day, giving Christians three days to leave Northern Nigeria. Given the group’s track record of violence, the threat raised the prospect of religious cleansing and possibly even civil war. Nigeria is deeply divided along religious lines with a predominantly Muslim North, a mainly Christian South and a mixed Middle Belt. Boko Haram is fighting to create an Islamic state and impose sharia law across the whole country; its bloody and violent campaign, which targets Christians, Muslim critics, members of the security services and politicians, claimed more than 500 lives in 2011. Pray that peace will be established in Nigeria and that the authorities will be able to restrain Boko Haram’s destabilising activities.