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July 16, 2018

Killings not religiously motivated, says Okorocha

Those fighting me have no investment in Imo – Okorocha

Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha has said that the killings in Plateau and Zamfara states were beyond religious killings stating that both Christians and Muslims were victims. He stated that the country is at the moment passing through difficult times and therefore urged religious leaders and indeed all Nigerians to pray to God for the peace of the country not minding where one comes from and which religion one belongs. The governor spoke at the weekend at the 10th Episcopal Anniversary of the Catholic Bishop of Orlu Diocese, Imo State, His Lordship, Most Rev. Augustine Ukwuoma at the Holy Trinity…

Northern Muslim elite’s hypocrisy responsible for Boko Haram – Bishop Kukah

Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah has attributed the origin of Boko Haram to the hypocrisy of northern Muslim elite. Bishop Kukah stated this in Oshogbo yesterday at the opening ceremony of the National Conference of Islamic Welfare Foundation held at Fountain University, Oshogbo. The cleric said: “We must locate the current crisis of Boko Haram within the context of the inability of the northern Muslim elite to live by their own dubious creed. They preached sharia law, but only for the poor. He added: “They (northern Muslim elites) preach a religion which encourages education, yet, their…

The Nightmare of Boko Haram: My Story – Rev. Fr. Lawrence Ike CMF

Recently The Leader interviewed Rev. Fr. Law Ike, a priest of the Claretian Missionary Order who was on mission in the Catholic diocese of Maidugiri Borno State – a hot bed for the dreaded Islamist sect Boko Haram. In this Interview Fr. Lawrence shares his experiences being a missionary in the Boko Haram territory of Borno State. He was lucky to escape with his life back to Eastern Nigeria   The Leader:  In which Diocese are you working? Fr. Law: Ok father, I am working in the Diocese of Maiduguri Bornu state but it cuts across three    states: Bornu, Adamawa…

Muslims, Catholics meet in Rome

Despite the murderous campaign by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and in Nigeria Boko Haram, Muslims and Catholics have come together and acknowledged many examples across the world of active Catholic-Muslim collaboration in charitable, educational and relief efforts. This was a key outcome of the third seminar of the Catholic-Muslim Forum, which concluded Thursday  in Rome, on the theme “Working Together to Serve Others.” At the conference, three specific issues were considered: working together to serve young people, enhancing interreligious dialogue, and service to society. Since Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan, expected to lead the Muslim delegation, couldn’t attend…