Nigeria Today: Politics, the Will, and Love

Shelley ChapmanISIS, Boko Haram, terrorist attacks – how should Christians respond to atrocities and uncertainties in our world? Missionary in Nigeria Shelley Chapman recently responded in her blog to questions she’d been facing.

“Nigeria is in the news almost every day now. Some of you have asked me what I think about what is going on. Here are my thoughts today.

On February 2, Punxustawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter for the U.S. and Canada.

On February 7, for good or for bad, the Nigerian Electoral Commission assured the nation of six more weeks of pre-election debate and tension.

The purpose of this blog post is not to take sides in the election or to comment on whether the postponement of the election was good or bad. I really don’t understand all the variables involved.

What I do know is that this is a great country with many resources, and yet it struggles as a developing nation with extreme poverty, wide-spread corruption, and Islamic terrorism.

What I do know is that people are dying, especially in the northeast. Women and children are being kidnapped. Boko Haram has captured a large amount of territory throughout the past six years. Thousands have been killed. Millions of people (really…millions) are displaced, eking out an existence in refugee camps in Cameroon or elsewhere. Family members are separated from one another.

What I do know is that we have students at WATS who are intricately connected to the northeast states and cities. One such student, Joshua Ada, started a school for children in the north. Two weeks ago, we received the news that he was killed after his car broke down in the middle of a northeastern town. Grief gripped our campus.

What I do know is that there are no easy answers to the huge challenges that the people of this nation face every day. I have written about these problems in this blog and in my quarterly newsletter. For the purpose of this post, I will distill them down to two main streams: corruption and greed which in turn exacerbates extreme poverty and jihadist terrorism which has led to unfettered brutality, oppression, and factionalism.”

To read the rest of Shelley’s post, and her suggestions for reading material to help us process the realities of our world, visit her blog, Leadership Development for Africa.

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