Nigeria, particularly the north-eastern region, has been the target of a sustained Islamist terrorist onslaught for many years, leading to massive human causalities, the loss of property, and destabilisation of socio-economic, religious and cultural processes. A major target of these attacks have been Christians and churches. This paper attempts to address some of these disturbing trends with specific focus on the Boko Haram Islamic insurgency group, which has attracted scholarly discourse since its formation, growth and spread. Diverse views have emerged as to its etymology, intentions, factors for their emergence, and source of growth and sponsors. This paper examines the historical response of the Christian church to such attacks and draws lessons for the church in Nigeria. It highlights the importance of forgiveness and reconciliation in the restoration of peace and healing of affected communities. It also argues for a broad-based and multi-pronged response including political and legal options and vigorous advocacy.
Je'Adayibe, Gwamna Dogara
"A Christian Response to Boko Haram Insurgency in Nigeria,"
The WATS Journal: An Online Journal from West Africa Theological Seminary: Vol. 3
, Article 3.
Available at: https://place.asburyseminary.edu/watsjournal/vol3/iss1/3