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Nigerian Bishop: Christians and Muslims Have a Common Enemy in “Secular Forces”

John Burger - published on 04/28/16 - updated on 06/08/17

In a nearly hour-long interview with Aleteia, Bishop Kukah said that Muslim extremists are driven by the Salafist ideology that believes that “Islam is a superior religion and is the only religion that everybody must subscribe to.”

“When they hear that churches are closing [in the West] and that they’ve been sold to God knows who, it is enough incentive,” he said. “It’s like the gold rush mentality. Why would they not work toward a hostile takeover?”

“If you are closing your churches, you are an accomplice, indirectly,” he added.

Bishop Matthew Kukah
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Bishop Matthew Kukah

He suggested that the bishops of the U.S. and Europe encourage the burgeoning African Christian communities in their midst, and facilitate their use of now largely empty churches, rather than throw in the towel and sell off those properties.

“The churches in America and Europe have not developed a strategy for welcoming African immigrants,” he charged.

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Boko HaramIslamist MilitantsNigeriaRefugees
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