Christian Nigerians are concerned that the sacrament of communion might put them at risk for contracting the Ebola virus.
Prominent Nigerian churches have asked parishioners to not put communion elements in the mouth of those receiving the sacrament and to stop shaking hands, which is part of the "rite of peace" because of the rampant spread of Ebola. According to The Associate Press, Ebola is spread through direct contact with an infected person's body fluids. There is currently no vaccine or treatment that can cure the disease.
Alfred Adewale Martins, Archbishop of Lagos, released a statement called "The Outbreak of Ebola Virus – a Pastoral Approach," in which he sought to reassure believers that the changes made to the administering of the sacrament would not affect the holiness of the practices. "Let us state clearly that the reception of commuinon-in-the-hand neither affects the validity, sanctity, dignity, and divinity of the Eucharist nor vitiates the full effects of this Sacrament on its recipients," he explains. more >>
At least 15 people have been killed and another 35 wounded after gunmen, suspected to be part of terror group Boko Haram, stormed a teacher training college in the northern Nigerian city of Kano and began firing on students.
"We heard several shots from the gate area and after a few minutes we heard an explosion at the theater," said Sansei Omar, an English lecturer at the Federal College of Education who saw the attack from a neighboring building, Reuters reported.
"The attackers were wearing suits and were running and shooting everywhere." more >>
Nigerian terror group Boko Haram is strengthening and increasing the brutality of its actions as a result of its growing connection with ISIS militants in Iraq and Syria, the Executive Director of the Christian Association of Nigerian-Americans has said. He also strongly urged President Barack Obama to add Boko Haram to the U.S.'s global anti-terror strategy.
Pastor Laolu Akande told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Tuesday that Boko Haram is "gathering a greater boldness in their brutality," commenting on news that the group, which has been carrying out attacks in Nigeria for over five years, has turned to capturing and gaining control of towns in Borno state.
He also commented on recent reports that have said that ISIS is giving advice to Boko Haram on establishing an Islamic caliphate in Nigeria, noting that this is worrying news for Nigerians, Americans, and all those who stand in the terror group's way. more >>
President Barack Obama has ordered some 3,000 American military personnel to West Africa to help in the fight against the spread of the Ebola virus, which has killed over 2,400 people and has showed no signs of slowing down.
AFP reported on Tuesday that Obama will also travel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, where American Ebola victims are being treated, and will make a further announcement detailing the global plan to tackle the deadly disease.
Most of the military medical corps are set to travel to Liberia, which has been hit hardest by the outbreak, and will aim to build 17 treatment centers with 100 beds each. more >>
As the death toll from a collapsed guesthouse at the campus of T.B. Joshua's Synagogue Church of All Nations rose to 45 on Monday, the Nigerian preacher said he believes "Islamic extremists" launched an attack using an aircraft.
Joshua is broadcasting a video, alleging a low-flying aircraft flew four times over the building before it collapsed Friday, according to The Associated Press.
The preacher said his church compound on the outskirts of Lagos was attacked by Islamic extremists. more >>
Gambia is on the verge of enacting a law that would sentence its citizens to life in prison if convicted of aggravated homosexuality. Leading human rights groups have urged Gambian President Yahya Jammeh not to sign the legislation into law, though Amnesty International says it is unlikely he will be persuaded against it.
The country's current law imposes jail terms of up to 14 years for people charged with engaging in hoomosexual acts. The new law, passed by the National Assembly in August, would impose life in prison for those who break its aggravated homosexuality laws, and pertains to repeat offenders, people who are HIV-positive and those who sexually assault a minor.
"Gambia's bill is a copycat of the Ugandan legislation," Adotei Akwei, Amnesty International's managing director of government relations, claimed in an interview with MSNBC. "We expect [Jammeh] to sign it into law. He's never held back on a threat he's made." more >>