Following the abduction of 243 girls from the Chibok secondary school by members of Boko Haram, more than 230 are reported still missing. As a search party composed of vigilantes, the abducted girls’ parents, and over 100 hire motorcyclists continues in the Sambisa forest (a Boko Haram entrenchment), leaders throughout the nation, both spiritual and political, are calling for mass prayers in request of the girls’ safe return.
04/28/2014 Nigeria (ChristianPost) – Nigerian school and government officials are reporting that 187 girls are still being held captive, as of Wednesday, by suspected members of Boko Haram. The local chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria is asking Christians around the world to join them in prayer and fasting this week for their safe release.
On April 14, the alleged members of Boko Haram, an Islamist group involved in violence reported to have claimed more than an estimated 3,000 lives in the last five years, drove into Chibok in Borno state in seven pickup trucks, according to news reports. While some of the attackers set government and other buildings ablaze, others went to the senior secondary school where they overpowered the security guards before forcing about 230 of the female students into trucks and drove the girls between the ages of 16 and 20 deep into the nearby Sambisa forest.
“The Christian enclave of Chibok, a Christian village, has been thrown into mourning over the abduction of girls from a secondary school,” reported Open Doors workers from Nigeria. “Almost every house has a child in this school. Cries of parents could be heard all over the town as they prayed for God’s intervention over their tragic circumstances.”