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Thursday, 10 March 2016

The Church in Northern Nigeria - crushed but not defeated - as in Great Britain, for now

The impact of persistent violence on the Church in Northern Nigeria has been highlighted in a report by Open Doors. You can read the Report here.

The research shows that decades of targeted religious violence has had an even larger impact on the Church in Northern Nigeria than previously expected. The violence against Christians in the region has resulted in thousands of people killed, including between 9,000 to 11,500 Christians – a conservative estimation according to this report. A large number of Christian properties have been destroyed, including 13,000 churches that have either been destroyed or closed down.

According to the report, over a million Christians in Northern Nigeria have become internally displaced or have settled in other areas of Nigeria in search of safety and security.

"More Anglicans die at the hands of Boko Haram than all Christians in Middle East" says the Rt. Rev. Jacob Kwashi, Bishop of Zonkwa, in northern Nigeria in a Virtue Online interview.

Also in the interview, "GAFCON Primates say they will not accept gifts from TEC [The Episcopal Church] or TWS [Trinity Wall Street] to be turned on [the] Gay Issue. In three years, Welby will be forced to take a stand, or watch as [the] Communion splits".

There are more than 20 million Nigerian Anglicans. Meanwhile the comparatively small Anglican Church in the West faces defeat from within as the chipping away of faith and tradition continues and the secular agenda intensifies.

How ironic that the centre of Anglicanism has become the source of its own destruction. 


  1. Some time ago ++ Barry visited our local parish and preached about 'love', and I remember his saying in the sermon, to the congregation of mostly traditional Anglicans,that ' we love you'.
    On looking back it seems that he did perceive us in our parish as possibly errant in our way of worship,but even so 'he loved us' -he claimed!
    But love creates ,does it not? Love does not seek to stifle or dismember a part of it's body.

  2. Clergy, ministry area leaders, administering the laying of hands on a troubled bishop, coupled by wining and dining during Lent at the Nant Gwrtheyrn beauty spot? How does that grab you for an 'Agape' Simple Soul?

    Then welcome to the 'Love Feast' of the alternative catholic banana republic of Bangor, where they 'Keep the best wine until last'.