Most people, even those who were born after the incidents on September 11, 2001, have heard of the horrific events at the World Trade Center in New York City. 2,977 victims died that day and thousands more were injured.
Most people don’t know that the country of Nigeria has it’s own World Trade Center complex. I didn’t know about it until I was researching the tallest buildings in Nigeria and found the video above and others like it. In July of 2020, a fire broke out on the top floor of one of the Nigerian World Trade Center buildings in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city. Thankfully, no one was injured. Here is a video and short report of that event.
The reason Nigeria is the subject of this post is because of what happened there last year. It continues to be on my mind. By November of last year, 4,000 Christians in Nigeria had been killed by Islamic jihadist groups. I couldn’t help but think that this number was greater than the death toll in America’s 9/11 event yet few in the world had heard of it. One of my friends posted the story to her social media page and it prompted me to pray for Christians in Nigeria. Here is that story as it was posted in Christian Today.
Very few mainstream media reports are given about the persecution of Christians. After reading about the problems in Nigeria, it wasn’t surprising to find that Nigeria was #6 on Open Doors’ 2023 annual World Watch List ranking the 50 countries where Christians face the most extreme persecution. According to the Open Doors’ organization, more than 360 million Christians suffer high levels of persecution and discrimination for their faith. That number is greater than the entire population of the United States.
The number of Christians killed in Nigeria is by far the most of any country in 2022. I’ve posted this thinking that you might like to pray for a place where Christians are experiencing severe persecution in 2023. If so, click on the link above. There are plenty of places from which to choose.