World Council of Churches

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Nigeria - Minute on Nigeria

03 September 1999

Adopted by the Central Committee, Geneva, 26 August - 3 September 1999.

Bishop Michael K. Stephen of the Methodist Church of Nigeria has informed the Central Committee about the actions taken by the churches in Nigeria in response to the Memorandum and Recommendations on Nigeria adopted by the Central Committee in 1997. Among those recommendations was an appeal to the churches to keep the human rights situation in that country under close review and to inform the WCC of their actions, and to encourage the churches of Nigeria in their witness for human rights, justice and peace in Nigeria. The political situation in Nigeria has changed significantly since then, and the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria has taken a strong stand for justice, identifying itself with the suffering people of the country.

The Central Committee of the World Council of Churches, meeting in Geneva, 26 August - 3 September 1999,

  • welcomes this report from the churches of Nigeria;
  • commends them for their witness and their response to its earlier request; and
  • requests the Officers to write to the Christian Association of Nigeria, conveying the gratitude of the Central Committee for the churches' efforts, encouraging them to continue to be a prophetic voice in the nation, and offering them support as they pursue reconciliation in Nigeria.