Boko Haram renames itself Islamic State’s West Africa Province (Iswap)



(Voice of the Persecuted) In March, Abubakar Shekau the leader of Boko Haram pledged allegiance to IS. The Boko Haram group terrorizing north Nigeria has renamed itself, Islamic State’s West Africa Province (Iswap).

Proving their expansion into Africa to create a global ‘caliphate’, IS (ISIS) is now promoting the Islamic African group and highlighting Boko Haram fighters who have been killed, as martyrs. VOP has warned for the past year of the ties this group had with ISIS and others. All of them banding together for the same outcome, total Sharia rule. And it’s laws forced upon every citizen.

It is unclear if IS has endorsed the name change.

This allegiance with the Islamic State could bring heightened attacks to the already weary displaced in the north. Churches who have stayed to care for the refugees are beyond the brink of their capabilities to care for so many. Christian leaders and pastors have warned for sometime that the Boko Haram has been targeting Christians and trying to eradicate any form of Christianity in the region. They have also reported that the media refuses to share their full reports to show the discrimination and extreme persecution North Nigerian Christians are suffering.

The Nigerian military with the help of a coalition force from surrounding nations have gained victories in reclaiming areas taken over by the Islamic militant group. With the backing of the Islamic State, their fight could become more lethal further endangering Christians.

Please continue to remember and pray daily for Nigeria.


  • Pray for peace in Nigeria.
  • Pray the many missing and displaced to be reunited with their families. May God clear a path and make a way for them.
  • Pray they will hold on to their Christian faith in the face of the enemy.
  • Pray that they feel the Lord’s presence with them.
  • Pray for more helping hands and caring hearts.
  • Pray for more VOICES so their cries will be heard.
  • Pray for God’s intervention and the eradication of these demonizing terror groups.

VOP is working in the Nigeria to aid the extremely persecuted. Together with your generous support, we can reach the goal to alleviate horrific suffering. In darkness and desperation, let us serve in love, with open arms and giving hands to provide light and hope.


Everyday, we thank God that He is working through you to care for His children and further His Kingdom! As you have greatly blessed others, may God continue to bless you. Thank you so much for your support. We couldn’t do it without you!

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