niger-flag Rank: 50
Score: 45/100
2013 Rank: 50
Leader: President Mahamadou Issoufou
Government: Republic
Main Religion: Islam
Population: 16.6 million (52,000 Christians)
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

Christian Persecution in NigerThe main persecution dynamic in Niger is Islamic extremism. In recent years, the country has been gradually losing the characteristics of a typical West-African state with a (mostly) moderate Islamic, constitutionally secular state. Now, there are indications that the government is not keeping enough distance from Islamic religious leaders. Since 1991, dozens of Islamic associations have emerged, including extremist groups. Persecution mainly comes from family and the local community. At least seven churches were attacked this past year. Christians also face death threats and threats of abduction.


  • For new Christians who face persecution from members of their family and community.
  • The southern part of the country is most prone to persistent Islamic hostilities. Please pray for their protection.
  • That the church leaders will have wisdom in dealing with the rising persecution in Niger.

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  • Lost City Adventures

    Praying for you my brothers and sisters

  • Amy

    Lord, I come to You this morning on behalf of the country of Niger. I thank You for this incredible opportunity over this past year to pray for every country on the World Watch List! I know that You have moved in mighty ways because of all of the prayers of believers all over the world who took time to lift up our persecuted brothers and sisters.
    Today I pray especially for the new believers in Niger who are facing societal opposition because of their faith. While I am thankful that there isn’t as much governmental opposition as in other countries, I know that societal and family pressure can sometimes affect believers MORE because of its close proximity. I pray that You would first and foremost bring comfort and provision to all of the believers whose families are persecuting them in any way. Please have mercy on them and help them through this difficult time. I ask that You would use these believers to soften the hearts of the family members – that they would see that this faith is real and that it is life-changing and can be for them as well! I pray that You would give the persecuted believers the grace to follow Your heart and Your teaching and love those who persecute them and even PRAY for those who persecute them. Please also provide for all of their needs and make sure that they are taken care of, since many of their families will no longer support or take care of them.
    I also pray for every believer in the nation and I pray that You would continue to embolden them and strengthen them and get them ready for whatever battles are coming their way. We know that the end times are coming and more persecution is coming and Christians are going to be challenged like NEVER before – and I know that we all need to ready. So help the believers in Niger to be in their Word, praying, seeking You, seeking community and really devoting themselves to You so that they can be ready for whatever battles and pressures will be coming their way.

    And finally, I pray against the influence of Islmic groups such as Izala and Tariqa. I ask that You would keep them from exerting influence over this nation and that You would keep sharia law away from the Niger government. I ask that You would quell the rising of the Islmic influence in Niger… and if these are things that must take place so that the end will come, I ask that You would strengthen the believers and help them to meet these challenges in Your grace and strength and power so that the world will know that You are God! In Jesus’ name, amen.

  • Stephen Hudson

    Praying for those in need of Jesus in Niger

  • Gabriel Goh

    Dear Heavenly Father, I ask your protection and strength for every believers in Niger. That they will always abide in You. That Your Kingdom come and Your will be done in Niger. And Father, ask you to turn down all the satanic powers behind extrimist groups such as Izala and Tariqa.
    I ask that You would keep them from exerting influence over this
    nation. And that You would keep sharia law away from the Niger
    government. I ask that You would quell the rising of the extrimist influence in Niger. In the name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, King of kings and Lord of lords. Amen.

  • Ernest Zenone

    Dear Lord, I pray that you will defeat the kingdom of Satan in Niger and Muslim terrorist groups. Protect your people, heal those who have been injured and provide safe houses for those fleeing persecution from relatives and others for conversion to Christ. May thy Word have free course and be glorified throughout Niger. I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.