Communique from Standing Committee of Church of Nigeria

The standing committee of the Church of Nigeria met March 10-14. It has issued a communique. Some excerpts:

For more than twenty years there has been an unrelenting religious crisis in Nigeria. The Christian Church has been the target of attack and has suffered irreparable losses in many parts of the North. At different times various reasons have been advanced: unemployment, poverty, politics and sectarian tensions. However, those who have perpetrated these destructive actions have never been brought to justice, operate with impunity and appear to be motivated by the conviction that if they persist they will be able to claim entire sections of Nigeria for their faith. We reject this claim.


As Anglican Christians we continue to be distressed by the spiritual crisis within our own family of faith in other parts of the world. Since 2003 the unilateral revisionist actions of The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church Canada have torn the fabric of our common life. While the Church of Nigeria stands resolutely and uncompromisingly on the truth of the Holy Scriptures and the Lordship of Jesus Christ endless meetings and repeated communiqués have done nothing to bring restoration of our beloved communion.

Read it all here. The communique reiterates the opening remarks of the Archbishop Peter Akinola.

The question remains:

Why does the Anglican Communion continue to attempt to accommodate a man who, by his own admission, has very little use for human rights, and who has yet to answer pressing questions about his knowledge of a well-planned massacre of some 660 Muslims?

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  1. For me, one Episcopalian, I attempt speak for thousands of others who have other religious beliefs. We have all known persecution and demoralization by anti-LGBT tyrants at Church and beyond. In advance I will mention and humbly admit my loathing and dread for The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion) and her Archbishop Akinola.

    Archbishop Akinola, for years now, continues to ¨tear the fabric¨ and the ¨flesh¨ from the hearts that are full of hope, genuine love and the wish for well being of loved ones, friends and coworkers.

    Bishop Peter is irresponsible in much that he preaches and does as he destroys basic ¨good will¨ or in my opinion, sometimes even Gods wish that we love one another. I only need to read/remember his views on the ¨Hooligan Children of LGBT¨ Christians/others and ¨LGBT¨ Christians/others are ¨Lower than Pigs¨ to immediately sense the quality of this mans personal integrity and angry and aggressively negative ministry.

    The ¨spiritual crisis¨ that Bishop Peter Akinola speaks of, at The Anglican Communion, appears to be conjured up by his own fear and lack of appreciation, or understanding, or LOVE for other human beings who are Christian, Muslim and believers in other religions…ALL of humanity.

    Peter Akinola remains a, excluder, hater and all-around destructive force at The Body of Christ.

    His temporary fame comes from the generating of shame and blame.

    No Sale.

  2. paigeb

    I would venture to say that they accommodate him because he *tells* them that 19 million Nigerians are Anglican. The numbers are highly suspect, but The Powers That Be seem to be allergic to asking hard questions of +Akinola. And they don’t seem to give a damn about the lives of either LGBTs or Muslims in Nigeria.

    Paige Baker

  3. Luiz Coelho

    “And they don’t seem to give a damn about the lives of either LGBTs or Muslims in Nigeria.”

    And the radical Muslims that are implementing sharia in Northern Nigeria are not very different re: their treatment of LGBTs and Christians.

    I think that the greatest witness that a Christian Church should give in the midst of persecutions would be at least tolerance with those who think differently. By acting that way, the Church of Nigeria does the same thing the ones they criticize are doing.

  4. Peter Pearson

    So how DO you solve a problem like the “good” archbishop? Oddly, over the last few years I have discovered that people usually accuse others (and often quite loudly) of the sins they, themselves commit.

  5. John B. Chilton

    http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2009-03-19-pope-africa_N.htm

    “Religion must reject violence, Pope Benedict XVI told Muslim leaders Thursday before celebrating an open-air Mass in front of thousands and delivering a message of hope for Africa’s expanding, vibrant Catholic flock.”

    We can only hope the Archbishop of Canterbury will say the same to Archbishop Akinola.

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