Crisis in Nigeria

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BWA General Council Resolution 2012.6

The General Council of the Baptist World Alliance, meeting in Santiago, Chile July 2-7, 2012:

RECOGNIZES concern about the discriminatory bombing of places of worship and properties, slaughtering and killing of Nigerian people and the abuse of human rights in the name of religion;

OBSERVES that these horrendous acts of inhumanity in Nigeria have become a hindrance to the exercise of free worship and assembly;

REJECTS all forms of cruelty that cause sorrow, suffering, death, destruction and the abuse of all forms of human rights in Nigeria;

RE-AFFIRMS our commitment as Baptists to religious liberty for all;

CALLS for a peaceful ending of all violence and abuse of human rights in Nigeria, while encouraging our Baptist sisters and brothers to continue to seek ways to promote peace and respect for all persons in Nigeria;

APPEALS to the government of Nigeria at all levels to ensure safety and security for all people in the country;

URGES Baptists around the world to raise these concerns with their governments, religious leaders and persons of influence;

REQUESTS Baptist World Alliance member bodies to commit to relentless prayer for peace where there is violence in Nigeria.


Original Source Bibliography: Callam, Neville, editor. Baptist World Alliance 2012 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory. Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2012.

Original Source Footnote/Endnote: Neville Callam, ed., Baptist World Alliance 2012 Yearbook: Minutes of the General Council Meeting and Directory (Falls Church, VA: Baptist World Alliance, 2012), p. 153.

Online Document Full Citation: BWA General Council Resolution 2012.6 Crisis in Nigeria;

In-text Online Document Citation: (BWA General Council Resolution 2012.6).

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