Comments: General Synod: Emergency debate on violence in Nigeria

This is laudable, of course, and the Bishop of Durham has the kind of impeccable mission credentials likely to endear him to Nigerian Anglicans.

But the Archbishops have fundamentally misunderstood the situation in Nigeria if they think it is simply a matter of Muslims v. Christians. Boko Haram is an insurgent militant movement in Northern Nigeria, and its main targets are not churches but government institutions such as post offices and police stations. The vast majority of the victims of BH attacks are Muslims, and the group's aim is not to kill Christians but to make Northern Nigeria ungovernable.

Drawing attention to the plight of Christians in Nigeria is very important, but it doesn't look good if the Church of England seems to be concerned only about the Christian victims of Islamist militancy. Nigerian Muslims bleed red blood too, and at present they bleed a lot more of it.

Posted by rjb at Tuesday, 7 February 2012 at 10:09am GMT
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