- Apr 14, 2021
A Nigerian bishop has drawn the ire of the government after saying the country has become a killing field under President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Christian Association of Nigeria told a group threatening Bishop Matthew Kukah of Sokoto to stop and said security agencies must ensure his safety.
COVID-19 provides an opportunity for people to prepare the future, and religious leaders have an opportunity to make sure that preparation includes the world’s most vulnerable, said Catholic participants in the annual G-20 Interfaith Forum.
Nigeria’s internal conflict is “a Molotov cocktail of anger, frustration, religious extremism, toxic politics, corruption and deep rut,” according to a leading bishop in the country.
Nigeria has had over 50,000 people killed since 2009 due to the Boko Haram insurgency, which has also displaced over 2 million people. In the country’s “Middle Belt” – where the Muslim North meets the Christian South – Muslim Fulani bands have killed thousands of Christians.
Following a June 10 report by the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) that nine of the ten “most neglected displacement crises in the world” are found in Africa, one Nigerian bishop is warning against blaming the West for the situation.
A murdered Nigerian seminarian had the courage of a martyr, his bishop said after three men were arrested for murder and kidnapping.
Nigeria’s people are “coping well” in the face of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, according to one bishop.