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Christian leaders have joined in marking 50 years of Nigerian independence, but have also expressed concern for the state of the nation.
Activists from a number of countries are gathering for the sixth annual churches' United Nations Advocacy Week (27 September to 1 October) in Switzerland.
The United Nations (UN) has been urged by Amnesty International not to reply on data supplied by oil companies when assessing the causes of oil spills.
The Christian Association of Nigeria has elected a Pentecostal pastor as its president. He has vowed to tackle corruption and religious intolerance.
Ten leading aid agencies have called for a "surge" in the humanitarian effort to help ten million people at risk of acute hunger across the Sahel region of west and central Africa.
The British government has been urged to link aid to justice for the victims of violence in Nigeria by the country's leading Anglican archbishop.
Although often portrayed as a religious conflict, the crisis in Nigeria's Central Plateau State is of a social and economic nature, the foreign minister has told church leaders.
A world churches delegation has asked Nigeria's religious leaders to encourage different ethnic and faith groups to promote lasting peace in violence-affected communities.
The avowedly Christian governor of Nigeria's Plateau state, Jonah David Jang, says that “religion is used to cover up all conflicts, although other factors also exist”.
A delegation of Christians which aims to work with churches facing situations of violence will pay a solidarity visit to Nigeria at the end of this week.