Tag: religion

DSS warns of plans to inflame tribal and religious discord across the country

The Department of State Services (DSS) has again warned against alleged plans to cause ethnic and religious violence in the country. DSS in a statement issued on Wednesday by its spokesman, Peter Afunanya, recalled that the service had on January 11, issued an alert of alleged plans by some elements[Read More…]

Amotekun: “New security outfit to accept birth certificates registered only in churches” – MURIC

7th January 2020 PRESS RELEASE: AMOTEKUN: WHO ORDERED REGISTRATION IN CHURCHES?  Governors of the South West sub-region recently established a security outfit called ‘Amotekun’ (the leopard). However, an Islamic organization has raised the alarm over what it described as the attempt of the handlers of the new security outfit to accept[Read More…]

Lai Mohammed tells Bishop Matthew Kukah to work for the harmony of Nigeria rather than actions capable of dividing Nigeria

The Federal Government has advised Bishop Matthew Kukah to use his high ecclesiastical office to work for religious harmony in Nigeria, rather than indulge in actions that are capable of dividing the country along religious lines. Bishop Mathew Kukah had recently accused the Nigerian government of using different methods to[Read More…]

Sanctions? US places Nigeria, six other countries on special watch list

The United States has placed Nigeria and six other countries on the special watch list of states that had engaged in or tolerated the severe violation of religious freedom. Other countries listed in the SWL include Comoros, Russia, Uzbekistan, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Sudan. US Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo announced[Read More…]

It would be impossible for religion to divide Nigeria – Lai Mohammed

The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Saturday expressed confidence that it would be impossible for anybody to use religion to divide Nigeria. The minister expressed the confidence in Lagos at the Anglican Diocese of Lagos 2019 Centenary Cultural Day and Award Ceremony. The centenary celebration had[Read More…]

“A Lot of Cultural Bias Is Demystified” – Nigerian Women Fostering National Unity Through Multicultural Marriages

by Abigail Anaba Senior Correspondent Displayed Image is a file photo of Paul Okoye (Igbo) and Lola Okoye (Yoruba) of the Psquare duo Lagos – Nigeria: Nigeria is a multi-ethnic, multicultural and multilingual society. These fault-lines are further amplified by religious affiliations characterised by a predominantly Christian South and Muslim[Read More…]

A Devout Christian, Thrown Out of University Over Anti-Gay Remarks

A devout Christian who was thrown off a university social work course after being accused of posting “derogatory” comments about gay and bisexual people on a Facebook page has lost a high court battle. According to Guardian UK, Felix Ngole, 39, from Barnsley, was removed from a two-year MA course[Read More…]

To Increase Freedom, All States With Blasphemy Laws Should Repeal Them – UN Human Rights Expert Says

All States with blasphemy laws on their statute books should repeal them to increase freedom of religion or belief, a UN human rights expert has said. “Anti-blasphemy, anti-apostasy or anti-conversion laws, some of which are falsely presented as “anti-incitement” legislation, also often serve as platforms for enabling intolerance,” said Ahmed[Read More…]

Poverty And State Abuse, Not Religion, Push Africans to Militants – U.N.

LONDON, Sept 7 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Poverty and state violence, not religion, are driving young Africans to join militant groups, the United Nations said on Thursday, after interviewing almost 600 recruits. It is easiest for organisations like al-Shabaab and Boko Haram to recruit young people who are unemployed and[Read More…]

Cardinal Onaiyekan Says Christians Should Christianise Nigeria Instead of Lamenting Over Plans To Islamise Nigeria

John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, has called on Christians, to rise up and Christianise Nigeria instead of complaining that Muslims want to Islamise the nation. Onaiyekan made the call in his homily at a Mass to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at Our Lady of Perpertual Help[Read More…]