International news briefs August 15, 2014

The primate of the Church of Nigeria has directed congregations to suspend the exchange of peace during the Eucharist service in order to halt the transmission of the Ebola virus. In a statement released on 10 August 2014, the Church of Nigeria press office said Archbishop Nicholas Okoh had suspended “the shaking of hands during […]

Nigerian church support for sodomy laws

Faith leaders in Nigeria have unanimously applauded the revisions to the country’s sodomy law, and have denounced as imperialist, racist and condescending Western pressure to change the country’s attitude towards homosexuality. Leaders of the Muslim community as well as the head of the country’s Anglican and Roman Catholic Churches applauded President Goodluck Jonathan for signing […]

Bible supports capital punishment, Archbishop declares

The Primate of the Church of Nigeria, the Most Rev. Nicholas Okoh, has reaffirmed the morality of capital punishment telling reporters last week the execution of convicted criminals by the state did not contravene Christian ethical teaching. On 21 June 2013 four men were hanged in Benin, Edo State after they exhausted their appeals following […]

Soft judges encourage crime, Archbishop warns

A two year prison term or an option of paying a fine of £3000 for stealing £9.3 million from the Nigerian Police Pension Fund was an invitation to politicians to steal, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh told members of the Church of Nigeria Standing Committee in Benin City last week. On 6 Feb 2013 Archbishop Okoh said […]

Archbishop Adetiloye a foe of idolatry and corruption

Spiritual and material corruption was eating away at the hearts of the Christian Churches of Nigeria, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh said last week, warning that the failure of Church leaders to live up to their callings was emblematic of the failure of Nigerian civil society. In his eulogy for the late Primate of Nigeria, Archbishop Joseph […]

African outrage over civil partnership decision

Howls of outrage and disbelief from the Anglican Churches of Africa and Asia have greeted last month’s decision by the House of Bishops to end the ban on clergy in gay civil partnerships from being appointed to the episcopate. Archbishops representing a majority of the active members of the Anglican Communion have urged the Church […]

“Don’t print money, fix the economy” Archbishop says

The Primate of the Anglican Church of Nigeria has criticized his government for seeking to address the country’s fiscal crisis by printing higher denomination bank notes. Speaking after the consecration of the new Bishop of Ifo the Rt. Rev. Nathaniel Oladejo Ogundipe, on 8 Sept 2012, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh said he was unpersuaded by the […]

Boko Haram violence a threat to the “Nigerian project”

The Archbishop of Nigeria has called upon the government of President Goodluck Jonathan to stop the drift towards anarchy as more Christians were killed last week by Islamist terrorists.  Attacks on churches and Christians were reported across Northern and Central Nigeria, with 19 worshipers attending a Pentecostal service in Okene in the central Kogi state […]

Archbishop rejects corruption charges

The Primate of the Church of Nigeria has denounced as “satanic” the calls for the impeachment of the President of Nigeria after an Italian construction firm refurbished a church in the president’s home town. Speaking to reporters last week, Archbishop Nicholas Okoh said the claim put forward by the opposition ACN party that there was […]

Overseas reactions to Dr. Williams resignation

News of the resignation of the Archbishop of Canterbury has prompted reactions ranging from sadness to glee across wider the Anglican Communion. The 16 March 2012 announcement that Dr. Rowan Williams will leave office by year’s end prompted the Primus of the Scottish Episcopal Church, Bishop David Chillingworth to write: “Archbishop Rowan’s time as Archbishop […]