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Provoking Christians is “fishing in troubled waters”: Church Leaders in Nigeria

Church leaders in Nigeria have cautioned their Muslim counterparts against activities that provoke Christians saying doing so amounts to “fishing in troubled waters.”

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Agencies Need to Empower Former Displaced Persons for Self-reliance: Nigerian Bishop

There is a need for agencies, be they government or humanitarian, to empower former Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), according them opportunities for self-reliance, a Nigerian Bishop has emphasized.  

Christian leaders in Nigeria have alleged attempts to Islamize the country, following recent judicial appointments. Credit: The Defender /

Nigeria’s Christian Leaders Allege Islamization Attempt after Recent Judicial Appointments

Christian leaders in Nigeria have, in a statement, claimed that the Muhammadu Buhari-led government is keen on Islamizing the West African nation following the recent appointments of Court of Appeal judges.

Governor Samuel Ortom of Nigeria’s Benue State / Courtesy Photo

Christian Leaders in Nigeria Decry “collapse of security” Following Attack on Governor

The attack on Governor Samuel Ortom of Nigeria’s Benue State over the weekend has exposed the level of insecurity in the West African nation, Christian leaders in the country have said.

The new Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Dr.Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala / World Trade Organization (WTO)

Christian Leaders in Nigeria Hail Appointment of Compatriot to World Trade Organization

Christian leaders in Nigeria have hailed the appointment of their compatriot, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, as the new Director General of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama if Abuja in Nigeria administering the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Francis Parish in Pegi, northern Nigeria. / Archbishop Ignatius A. Kigama Facebook page.

Nigerian Prelate Cautions against “fanatical conclusions, practices” When Reading Bible

Christians in Nigeria have been urged to seek a deeper understanding of the word of God and to guard against misinterpretation of the Scriptures.

Late Fr. John Gbakaan, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Minna,  abducted and killed by unknown gunmen. /

Following Murder of Catholic Priest in Nigeria, Christian Leaders Want “this evil to stop”

Following the recent murder of Fr. John Gbakaan, a Catholic Priest of Nigeria’s Minna Diocese, Christian leaders in the West African nation have called on the Federal Government to put a stop to the crimes targeting Clerics.

Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria's Sokoto Diocese. /

Nigeria’s Christian Leaders Call on President to Protect Catholic Bishop amid Controversy

Christian leaders in Nigeria are calling on the President to protect Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah whose Christmas message sparked controversies in the West African nation with some quarters accusing him of “very serious crimes.”

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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”

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

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

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

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

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

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.