“Shocked, disturbed, saddened”: Christian Leaders in Nigeria Following Killing of Farmers

Dec 8, 2020

Christian leaders in Nigeria have, in a collective statement circulated Sunday, December 6, expressed their shock and sorrow following last month’s killing of dozens of rice farmers in Borno State, located within the country’s Catholic Diocese of Maiduguri.

The Nigerian Police Force fires teargas at protesters during a demonstration to press for the scrapping of the Special Ant-Robbery Squad (SARS) on Abuja-Keffi Expressway, Abuja, Nigeria on October 19, 2020. / AFP

Christian Leaders in Nigeria Condemn Use of Violence on “unarmed, peaceful protesters”

Oct 21, 2020

The reported use of excessive force on those peacefully protesting against police brutality in Nigeria has caught the attention of Christian leaders in the West African nation who have, in different platforms, condemned the excesses and reiterated their support for peaceful protests.

Youths Across Nigerian protesting against the alleged brutality and extra-judicial killings by operatives of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad.

Protests Against Police Brutality in Nigeria "step in the right direction," Prelate Says

Oct 15, 2020

The ongoing protests against police brutality in Nigeria has attracted support from individuals and bodies in Africa’s most populous country, one latest support coming from a Catholic Prelate who terms the nationwide demonstrations "a step in the right direction." 

Nigerians protesting against the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS) in the country's capital Abuja.

Nigeria’s Christian Leaders Welcome Disbandment of Contentious Force, Protest Redeployment

Oct 14, 2020

Christian leaders in Nigeria have welcomed the decision of the country’s government to disband the controversial Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), whose members have been accused of committing various atrocities.

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza with Catholic lawyers after Mass to mark the end of the legal year in Adamawa State. / Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza/Facebook Page.

Nigerian Bishop Urges Catholic Lawyers to Defend Less Privileged, Reduce Backlog of Cases

Oct 6, 2020

A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has urged Catholic lawyers in the West African nation to consider offering their legal services to people who cannot afford the required fees and work toward reducing the backlog of pending cases so that justice is delivered.

controversial Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020.

Law Seeking to Control Churches in Nigeria an “anti-corruption measure”: President Buhari

Sep 25, 2020

The President of Nigeria has said that the controversial Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020, which is being contested by Christian leaders over its attempt to control churches, is a measure to help fight corruption.

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza comforting IDPs in Adamawa State.

Nigerian Bishop Bags Peace Award for Being “a champion, symbol, epitome of peace”

Sep 23, 2020

The Bishop of Nigeria’s Yola Diocese, Stephen Dami Mamza on Wednesday, September 23 received the “Hero of Peace Award” for being a “champion, symbol and epitome of peace” in Africa’s most populous nation.

Nigeria's Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Solomon Ita Enang (third left) and members of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) during the September 1 meeting in Abuja. / Solomon Ita Enang/ Facebook

Nigeria’s Government and Christian Leaders Yet to Reach Consensus on Controversial Law

Sep 2, 2020

The government of Nigeria and Christian leaders are yet to reach an agreement on the controversial Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 that seeks to allow the authorities to control church operations.

Bishop Stephen Dami Mamza of Nigeria’s Yola Diocese. He tested positive for COVID-19 August 23, 2020.

Nigerian Prelate Tests Positive for COVID-19, Advises Citizens to Go for Testing

Aug 24, 2020

The Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Yola Diocese who has confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19 has advised citizens of the West African nation to readily present themselves for the coronavirus tests when they are required to. 

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) strongly against the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 legal framework that seeks to allow the government to control church operations.

Law to Control Nigerian Churches “unacceptable, ungodly, reprehensible”: Christian Leaders

Aug 21, 2020

Christian leaders in Nigeria have termed as “unacceptable, ungodly, and reprehensible” the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 legal framework that seeks to allow the government to control church operations.

The Apostolic Nuncio in Nigeria, Archbishop Antonio Guido Filipazzi.

Address Christians, Muslims “antagonism” in Nigeria: Papal Representative to Government

Aug 20, 2020

The Apostolic Nuncio in Nigeria has called on the government to address the “antagonism” between Christians and Muslims in the West African country and enforce the rule of law saying the faithful of both religions suffer equally from the reported skirmishes in the country.

Bishop Stephen Mamza speaking at the Dedication of the Christian Association of Nigeria CAN Chapel in Adamawa State, Nigeria. / Bishop Stephen Mamza

COVID-19 Challenges a Litmus Test of “quality of our Christian faith”: Nigerian Prelate

Aug 20, 2020

How we relate with the needy in society amid COVID-19 challenges can be a good litmus test of the extent to which we value our Christian faith, the Bishop of Nigeria’s Diocese of Yola said this week.

Logo Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN)

Church Leaders Declare August 23 Collective Prayer Day over Insecurity in Nigeria

Aug 16, 2020

Concerned about the rising cases of insecurity in the West African nation of Nigeria, the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has declared August 23 a day to offer collective prayers, seeking God’s intervention for the people of God in Africa’s most populous nation.

Fr. Ephraim N. Sani, Chairman of NCDPA reading the Press Release, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. / Catholic Broadcast Commission of Nigeria (FB).

Our State “almost suffocated by crises”, Clerics in Nigeria’s Jalingo Diocese Decry

Jun 17, 2020

The Clergy of Nigeria’s Jalingo Diocese within the territory of Taraba State have, in a collective statement, bemoaned multiple cases of violence in their pastoral jurisdiction and called on all parties in conflict to “give peace a chance” and save the State from suffocation under insecurity-related crises.

Seminarians carry the coffin of their murdered colleague, Michael Nnadi during his burial on February 11.

At least 70 Clergymen Killed, Abducted in Nigeria since 2015: Report

Mar 13, 2020

At least 20 clergymen among them Catholic priests and seminarians have been killed in the West African nation of Nigeria since June 2015, while another 50 have been abducted, according to a report by a on-governmental organization (NGO) based in the West African country.