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WCC-RABIIT joint statement on the bombings in Jos, Nigeria

Joint statement from the WCC and the Royal Aal Al-Bayt Institute for Islamic Thought (RABIIT) on the bombings in Jos, Nigeria.

21 May 2014

We strongly condemn the recent bombings in Jos, Nigeria. The location and timing of the bombings clearly were designed to cause indiscriminate and widespread casualties among passers-by, and among rescue workers who were coming to their aid.

The horrific acts which have just occurred in Jos do not represent in any way either of our two religions. They have made us even more determined to find ways to support the people of Nigeria and those who are seeking to put an end to violence in the country.

In May 2012 we had the honour of visiting Jos and Plateau State as co-leaders of a joint Christian-Muslim international delegation seeking to understand more about the tensions and conflict in Nigeria. We now join in expressing our heart-felt sorrow and condolences to the injured and to those who have been bereaved in this outrage.

Peace is a blessing from God. Christianity and Islam call for peace and harmony among all of humanity, and do not condone or allow offensive warfare or aggression.

Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit
WCC general secretary
Prince Ghazi bin Muhammad of Jordan
Chairman of the RABIIT