Nobody seems to care and we are losing hope: Archbishop laments loss of 1,000 lives in Nigeria

Sep 21, 2020 by

by Chris Sugden, Virtueonline:

Nigerian Archbishop Benjamin Kwashi said he was losing hope because 1,000 lives had been lost in the past 12 months, as nomadic Muslim Fulani Herdsmen with guns and knives had launched attacks on villages populated by Christian farmers to force the Christian communities off their land. The Federal Government of Nigeria had failed to disarm these herdsmen and it was even suggested that President Buhari, himself from the Fulani community, was supporting their land grab.

A report by the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on Freedom of Religion and Belief, released in June, noted that the Nigerian Government has failed to: 1. Protect the communities in the Middle Belt from acts of violence; 2. Investigate the crimes adequately or at all; and 3. Prosecute the perpetrators.

Such is only one example of the 250 million Christians in 144 countries whom the Truro Report, over a year ago, described as the most persecuted community in the world. The report had recommended that UK Aid should be made conditional on adherence to Article 18 of the UN Declaration on Human Rights that enshrined the right to change religion.

Reviewing the issue in a House of Lords ‘Zoominar’ in July, Bishop Philip Mounstephen of Truro said that, while contentious in Islamic contexts, this right must be upheld unequivocally. Of 60 questions participants were to answer, on the Truro website, one was posed by Bishop Michael Nazir Ali, one of the four members of the advisory board on FoRB at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office: ‘Why cannot Britain’s foreign aid be used to help Christians too?’ (see his article in the Spectator, available at

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