...When asked if those wearing name tags that read “Christian Association of Nigeria” had been sent to the Muslim part of Yelwa, the archbishop grinned. “No comment,” he said...We asked two question of the Archbishop:
What was his role in this massacre?
Did he send those men to attack Yelwa?
Since then, the only response has been a "rebuttal" by the Director of Communications for the Church of Nigeria, which included this line:
...Archbishop Akinola has not and does not encourage violence but continues to maintain peaceful cordial relationship with every peace loving Nigerian irrespective of tribe, creed or gender...From that quote, Episcopal Life is reporting the following conclusion:
The Anglican Church in Nigeria has denied that its primate, Archbishop Peter Akinola, had an role in a 2004 massacre of Muslims in Yelwa, Nigeria...I fail to see any such denial in the above statement. It appears to me to be a very nuanced response, which intentionally avoids addressing the question of Abp. Akinola's involvement in the 2004 massacre in Yelwa. His Director of Communications states that he has a "peaceful" relationship with "every peace loving Nigerian." Those against whom members of CAN were retaliating were obviously not "peace loving Nigerians."
Why is it so difficult for the Archbishop to answer the question clearly? Was he or was he not involved in the massacre of Yelwa?