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The Church in Promoting Dialogue in Nigeria

Election officials in Nigeria postponed presidential and parliamentary polls siting “logistical” reasons for the 11th-hour delay. Voters in many cases reacted to the delay with disappointment, frustration, and anger as the two main groups, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People's Democratic Party (PDP), condemning the move and accusing each other of trying to manipulate the vote.

The failure therefore of the Nigerian political class has created a vacuum in leadership. Many may ask following the request by bishops to clergy not to do party politics, can the church help in bringing sanity to an already volatile political sphere and can they borrow a leaf from their Congolese counterparts?

Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ, a Nigerian Jesuit, and the president of the Jesuit Conference of Africa and Madagascar (JCAM) headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, reflects on the state of affairs in Nigeria.

See interview as done in Italian (link)