No commentary today. Too many links.

Nigeria riots:

  • Nigeria leader declares state of emergency | The declaration gives President Olusegun Obasanjo sweeping powers and he immediately exercised them by replacing the elected governor with a former military general and dissolving the state legislature (Associated Press)

  • Apologize now, CAN tells Obasanjo | Christian leaders in Plateau State at the weekend demanded an unreserved apology from President Olusegun Obasanjo for his attack on the Church (Daily Champion, Lagos, Nigeria)

  • Obasanjo should apologize to Christians—CAN | Chairman of Christian Association (CAN) Plateau State Branch, Reverend Yakubu Pam, has demanded an apology from President Olusegun Obasanjo over the derogatory language used on the association on Thursday in Jos, Plateau State (This Day, Lagos, Nigeria)

  • Lawmaker supports Obasanjo over abuse on religious leaders | The senator representing Plateau South district, Mr. Cosmos Niangwan, has risen to the defence of President Olusegun Obasanjo over his verbal attack on religious leaders in Jos last week, saying the president was provoked by them (Vanguard, Lagos, Nigeria)

  • CAN president appeals for peace in Kano, Plateau | Emphasising the need for understanding, Peter Akinola said Nigerians should see themselves as one and love each other (This Day, Lagos, Nigeria)

  • Yelwa, Kano Riots: Obasanjo, the Target—Rev. Akinola | The President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Most Reverend Jasper Peter Akinola, has said that recent ethno-religious crises in Plateau and Kano States were not a war against the church but the leadership of the nation under President Olusegun Obasanjo (Vanguard, Lagos, Nigeria)

  • CAN faults police on death toll | Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Kano State chapter has faulted official claim that only 30 people were killed during the religious crisis that engulfed Kano last week, just as over 10,000 displaced people scattered around the refugee camps and churches have refused to accept relief materials from the state government (Vanguard, Lagos, Nigeria)

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