Together with other religious minorities in Nigeria, the persecution of Christians in Nigeria is especially severe. Worldwide, over 5,500 Christians were killed for their faith last year. Of those, 90% were Nigerian. In Nigeria, Christian converts from Islam, such as Mary, face significant social hostility.
The monastery has been targeted by this group for months. Initially, there were sporadic visits to the church by small groups. Then dozens of people arrived at the place by bus; they “assaulted” the sacred place. The majority were young people accompanied by adults. They began to pray “provocatively,” making irreverent gestures towards the altars of the shrine’s interior. Provocations, insults and expletives that the local Christians have always rejected.