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Africa has enough problems without terrorism: Nigerian archbishop

May 30, 2012

Africa has enough difficulties confronting poverty and disease, Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, told a gathering of African religious leaders. “We cannot afford to add terrorism to our long list of problems.”

Archbishop Onaiyekan said that responsible religious leaders should “pay close attention to the radical religious ideologies imported from outside.” Apparently referring to radical Islamic movements—which have produced severe religious conflict in Nigeria as well as other African lands—he said that the African Council of Religious Leaders should make common cause against such dangerous ideologies.

The Nigerian prelate also pushed for equal rights for all people. “The application of the law should be valid for all citizens without any discrimination, whether on ethnic or religious basis,” he insisted.


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