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Christmas Eve Kidnapping: Gunmen Grab One of Nigeria's Top Christian Leaders

Peter Akinola, retired archbishop of the world's largest Anglican province who helped American conservatives break away, explains his rescue.
Christmas Eve Kidnapping: Gunmen Grab One of Nigeria's Top Christian Leaders
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Peter Akinola in 2008.

Peter Akinola, the retired Anglican archbishop of Nigeria whose influence proved instrumental in helping conservative American Anglicans attempt to separate from The Episcopal Church, was kidnapped by gunmen on Christmas Eve.

The former leader of the Anglican Communion's largest province was released hours later "after he convinced his captors he had no money to pay a ransom," reports George Conger in parsing the confusing accounts of the kidnapping offered by Nigerian newspapers.

Akinola, who once presided over the Christian Association of Nigeria and now leads a foundation that offers job training to youths, was kidnapped while driving in the capital of Ogun state in western Nigeria, and driven toward the Benin border before being released.

"I told them am [sic] a retired pastor living in the village and that I don't have money, that I live on pension, that I' am [sic] building the centre with the help of friends around the world and that I don't ...

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