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Nigeria : Onaiyekan Asks Religious Leaders to Condemn Sectarian Violence

ICC Note

“Leaders of Islam and Christianity should stand up and be heard to condemn violent acts and not keep quiet to make it look as if they approve of such crises,”

23 October 2007 Nigeria (All Africa.Com) – The Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Dr. John Oniayekan, has called on religious leaders to always speak out whenever there is crisis in the land.

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“Leaders of Islam and Christianity should stand up and be heard to condemn violent acts and not keep quiet to make it look as if they approve of such crises,” he said.

He expressed delight that the last National Inter-Religious Council (NIREC) discussed the recent crisis in Kano and came out with a decision.

“Part of the decision is that Christians and Muslim leaders should visit the place and hear from the people,” he added.

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“If the law is evoked and implemented consistently, a lot of these things will not happen. The problem is that when it happens, it is covered under religion. If I’m involved in killing, nobody should defend me, not even the Pope. I should be left to face the law,” he stated.

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