Church of Nigeria

  • February 1, 2014

    Church leaders who have encouraged mistreatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGBT) have defended their behaviour, after the archbishops of Canterbury and York reminded fellow-Anglicans of a pledge to offer pastoral care and support regardless of sexual orientation. Church of England senior clergy Justin Welby and John Sentamu wrote after harsh new laws were passed in Uganda and Nigeria.

  • January 11, 2013

    Nigerian Anglican bishops have condemned the Church of England decision to allow celibate clergy in civil partnerships to be bishops, threatening further action. The statement highlighted ambiguous attitudes to the Bible among Church of Nigeria leaders.

  • October 4, 2010

    Christian leaders have joined in marking 50 years of Nigerian independence, but have also expressed concern for the state of the nation.

  • May 27, 2010

    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.

  • May 20, 2010

    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”.

  • May 12, 2010

    Nigeria's acting president, Goodluck Jonathan, a Christian, has been sworn in as the country's president following the death of his Muslim predecessor, Umaru Yar'Adua.

  • December 24, 2006

    Katharine Jefferts Schori, the sometimes embattled Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church in the United States, which is facing attacks by hard-liners in its ranks and through a breakaway Anglican network supported by the Church of Nigeria, has issued a Christmas message which contrasts the vulnerability of God's ways with earthly power-mongering.

  • December 18, 2006

    The future of the 77 million-strong worldwide Anglican Communion was complicated further last night (16 December 2006) with the announcement that two large evangelical congregations in the US have voted to break away from the Episcopal Church, primarily because of its decision three years ago to consecrate a gay bishop, Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.