Monday, March 03, 2008

Abp. Akinola; What Was Your Involvement in the Massacre of Yelwa?

From Eliza Griswold:

......Two months after the church was razed, Christian men and boys surrounded Yelwa. Many were bare-chested; others wore shirts on which they’d reportedly pinned white name tags identifying them as members of the Christian Association of Nigeria...According to Human Rights Watch, 660 Muslims were massacred over the course of the next two days...

...At the time of the massacre, Archbishop Peter Akinola was the president of the Christian Association of  Nigeria...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...

As I stated in the last post, the Archbishop's response to such serious charges is unacceptable. The fact that he did not deny the accusation, and became so personally defensive in his further comments to Ms Griswold, suggests that he was somehow involved in this massacre at Yelwa in 2004.

What was his role in this massacre?

Did he send those men to attack Yelwa?

Since the Archbishop has not responded to these questions to date, it may be time to request those with more authority to demand some answers from him. Here are a few people that readers may want to contact:

The Most Revd Katharine Jefferts Schori
Attn: Sharon Jones-Coombs
Episcopal Church Center
815 Second Avenue
New York , NY 10017

The Archbishop of Canterbury
Lambeth Palace
London
SE1 7JU

The Revd Canon Kenneth Kearon - Secretary General Anglican Communion
Anglican Communion Office ,
St Andrew's House,
16 Tavistock Crescent,
London,
W11 1AP
England.
Email: aco@anglicancommunion.org

Ms. Hellen Grace Wangusa, Anglican Observer at the United Nations
Anglican Communion Office at the United Nations
815 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10017
Email: unoffice@episcopalchurch.org

International Criminal Court
Information and Evidence Unit
Office of the Prosecutor
Post Office Box 19519
2500 CM The Hague
The Netherlands
Email: otp.informationdesk@icc-cpi.int

J.

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