April 6, 2015

Boko Haram Key Target of New Nigerian President

In a historic election, President Goodluck Jonathan became the first incumbent in Nigeria to lose since the emergence of democracy in the nation in 1999.

According to reports, Jonathan won 45 percent of the 29 million votes cast, while Muhammadu Buhari won 54 percent. Buhari has promised to “spare no effort” to defeat terrorism in the nation, specifically saying that “Boko Haram will soon know the strength of our collective will and commitment to rid this nation of terror and to bring back peace and normalcy to the affected areas.”

Since 2009, Boko Haram has killed tens of thousands of people in Nigeria and caused more than one million to leave their homes. Yet, as the new administration pledges change, The Tide® global radio ministry is reminding Nigerians of the One who has always been faithful and who never changes, even in times of danger and hardship.

“For years, the people of Nigeria have lived under the real threat of terror,” said The Tide Director Don Shenk. “Imagine not knowing from one day to the next if you will be forced from your home, kidnapped or even killed. Yet, the truth is that none of us knows what the next  day will bring, but we can know the unchanging One, Jesus Christ, who has promised to be with us always and who offers us eternal life by simply believing in and accepting him.”

The Tide radio programs began broadcasting in Nigeria in 2009 in the Efik language, spoken by approximately two million Nigerian people. Today, The Tide radio programming can be heard in eleven languages in Nigeria: Efik, Hausa, Ijaw, Igbo, Annang, Yoruba, Tiv, Ibibio, Nupe, Amo and Agwagune. And lives are being impacted by the power of the Gospel.

One listener to the The Tide programming wrote: “I am a Nigerian soldier with the 15th armored brigade. I have been a regular listener to your radio program. I am just back from the war front where I joined my colleagues in the war against Boko Haram insurgents. Thanks for your prayers. God has brought me back home alive. By God’s grace Boko Haram will be defeated and the northeast border will witness the flushing out of the terrorists.”

Another shared: “The Bible is a problem solver. I have learned to use the best part of my day to commune with God. The mornings, as you said, have helped me to keep my priorities right for the rest of the day. Before now, I spent time brooding over my many problems instead of looking up to (God) for direction.”

“We pray for Nigeria’s new president—that God would give him wisdom and that he would make decisions that are for the good of the people of Nigeria,” Shenk added. “At the same time, we want to encourage the Nigerian people to remember that their hope is not in a president or in an army but in Jesus Christ, who is unchanging and who alone has the power to save not simply here on earth, but for eternity.”

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