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Nigerian bishops demand fair election

Catholic World News - March 14, 2011

Speaking on behalf of Nigeria’s bishops, Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, the nation’s capital, called for a “free and fair election in Nigeria, carried out in an atmosphere of tranquility and devoid of all rancor.”

“The Lord abhors the perversion of justice by those who ought to uphold it,” Archbishop Onaiyekan said. “God has very harsh words for those who pass judgment for a fee. We pray that the Lord will make this next election an opportunity for our nation to switch into new gear that will lead us closer to where we ought to be as the frontline black nation in the world.” “I assure you of my commitment to a free and fair election,” said President Goodluck Jonathan, who was present during the archbishop’s remarks. President Jonathan also predicted he would win the election.

15% of the nation’s 146.5 million people are Catholic, according to Vatican statistics. 50% are Muslim, 25% are Protestant, and 10% retain indigenous beliefs.

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