Boko Haram Planning 'Black Christmas', Apostle Suleman Reveals
Apostle Johnson Suleman (Photo: NaijaGists.com)

President of the Omega Fire Ministries Worldwide Apostle Suleman Johnson has performed a special prayer for Nigerian soldiers, claiming the Boko Haram terrorist group is planning a ‘black Christmas’ in Nigeria this December.

Concise News reports that the fiery preacher declared that he “heard the message from the Holy Spirit”.

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The clip of the revelation was shared on Tuesday on Celebration TV, the official television channel of Apostle Suleman.

The televangelist therefore asked for prayers for soldiers in the North-East most especially.

Watch the video below:

Since 2014, when Boko Haram was labelled as the deadliest terrorist organisation in the world, the insurgency has mostly experienced setbacks.

By the end of 2015, the administration of Muhammadu Buhari, who had come to office earlier in the year promising to tackle the Islamist group, declared it “technically defeated”.

A year later in December 2016, the government claimed Boko Haram had lost its last strongholds in Sambisa Forest.

Many hoped that by the end of 2017, the group would finally be a thing of the past.

However, the group still occasionally strike, and has claimed more lives in numerous separate attacks.

Abubakar Shekau, the wanted  illegal group’s leader believes that everyone who is not with him is an apostate and therefore a potential target. This justifies his attacks on Muslims, but also makes the Christmas season – an important time for Nigeria’s Christian population – a time of heightened activity.

It is not a coincidence that Boko Haram’s first major terrorism attacks occurred on Christmas Eve in 2010. Striking a market and three churches in Maiduguri as well as another market full of Christmas shoppers in Jos was a way of pitching followers of the two religions directly against each other.

Nine years – and various declarations of the group’s defeat – later, Boko Haram is still able to kill civilians and soldiers. It remains to be seen whether it will keep up its brutal assaults as December approaches, but it appears there are some moments of optimism in recent years.