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UN condemns Nigeria church attacks

2011-12-26 09:04

New York - UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has strongly condemned the attacks targeting Christian churches in Nigeria and called for an end to violence there.

"The secretary general expresses his sympathy and condolences to the people of Nigeria and to the bereaved families who have lost loved ones," a spokesman for Ban said Sunday.

"The secretary general calls once again for an end to all acts of sectarian violence in the country and reiterates his firm conviction that no objective sought can justify this resort to violence," the spokesman added.

Bomb attacks on churches during Christmas services and a suicide blast killed at least 40 people in Nigeria in violence claimed by Islamists.

A purported spokesman for Islamist group Boko Haram claimed responsibility for the bombing of the church outside the Nigerian capital and other attacks.

Comments
  • Gordon - 2011-12-26 09:10

    What is this world coming to? ,can you believe attacking and killing people in the house of the Lord on Christmas day.

      emile.eley - 2011-12-26 09:27

      Yes actually I do Gordon. For as long as near-peculiarly Muslim issues like Bosnia, Palestine, Chechnya, Kashmir, etc, etc, etc are treated as cause celebre by the whole world and its idiot Press, this will continue. Look at our own Cape Argus and you will see that it has become a virtual Muslim community paper. What I'm saying may be unpopular, but it needs to be put out there. Religious minorities in Muslim-majority countries have always been persecuted and there appears to be a conspiracy of silence around it. In fact, they do not even have to be in the majority. The Filipino experience refers. The so-called Arab Spring is quickly morphing into Muslim domination of other faiths and I predict that soon there will be ethnic cleansing as has been going on in the Middle East for years. Even our own countrymen who are quick to jump to the defence of their Muslim co-religioninsts are uncommonly quiet. Think back to the furore over the Gaza convoy. What are we to infer? Acquiescence? Apparently "human rights" need not be extended to non-Muslims. There is absolutely no reciprocity and it's high time people recognised and confronted it.

      Kevin - 2011-12-26 09:31

      Why would some idiot "down thumb" your question?

      Riaad - 2011-12-26 10:25

      Oh Cm'on Emile. We've been anything but "uncommonly quiet". We've condemned this fanatical 'Boko Haram' in the strongest terms on this very website. The world's "idiot press" as u term it, is clearly Zionist-controlled, CNN, Fox, BBC, Sky - u name it! So don't try to spread the propaganda that Muslims run the media. What a joke... We get the worst bad press of all. You claim the Arab Spring is "quickly morphing into Muslim domination of other faiths" ? How do u even try to justify that? That is your irrational fear of Islam and your prejudice talking. Ironically, "ethnic cleansing" in the Middle East is happening the other way around. The Palestinians are being ethnically cleansed from their own land on the basis of 3000 year old Old Testament verses that describe a vastly different context. Jewish Settlers keep pouring in to take more and more of Palestinian land. Where's your objectivity? Nigeria does not have a Muslim government. The government is fighting 'Boko Haram' which is a terrorist organisation. Your problem is terrorism and NOT Islam. Satan is behind the plot to blame Islam for the actions of a few fanatics.

      Riaad - 2011-12-26 10:28

      @Emile.eley State terrorism is a field still dominated by the US and it's friends such as Israel. Muslim nations are not sending drones to bomb innocents in faraway lands on the basis of a hunch. Muslim nations are not leaving Depleted Uranium behind in other lands, eg. Iraq, thereby poisoning the water and land and causing radioactivity-related defects to their pregnant womens' foetuses. Also it was a "loving" Christian nation like Serbia which used gang-rape and rape-camps as a tool of ethnic cleansing in Bosnia in the nineties. Your utter hypocrisy is clear to every sincere seeker of the Truth. The Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) openly forbade the targeting of places of worship, even in times of war. Jihaad means fighting against "those who fight you", according to the Qur'an. Attacking innocents is totally forbidden in Islam. Our sincere condolences to all the victims and their families.

      Moosa Bux - 2011-12-26 10:54

      I'm muslim and I'm just as scared of terrorism as you are.there are ove 1.3 billion muslims today,you are bound to find misinformed,dillusional people in the strongest and fastest growing religion in the world.With such nice media,even when mohamed farts,cnn will tell u about it.its about crime,not religion.

      Moosa Bux - 2011-12-26 10:56

      I'm muslim and I'm just as scared of terrorism as you are.there are ove 1.3 billion muslims today,you are bound to find misinformed,dillusional people in the strongest and fastest growing religion in the world.With such nice media,even when mohamed farts,cnn will tell u about it.its about crime,not religion.terrorists are hijacking Islam,zionists are hijacking Islam.when the religious people are to busy being religious,then the crazy ones will take centre stage.that's just good journalism.

      Moosa Bux - 2011-12-26 10:57

      I'm muslim and I'm just as scared of terrorism as you are.there are ove 1.3 billion muslims today,you are bound to find misinformed,dillusional people in the strongest and fastest growing religion in the world.With such nice media,even when mohamed farts,cnn will tell u about it.its about crime,not religion.terrorists are hijacking Islam,zionists are hijacking Judaism.when the religious people are to busy being religious,then the crazy ones will take centre stage.that's just good journalism.

      BA - 2011-12-26 15:51

      At Riaad and Moosa. Firstly I find it interesting that you equate zionism or zionists negatively. All zionism means is a quest fora Jewish state. There is nothing wrong with that. All people living in Israel, including muslims and Christians, are by definition "zionists", as they live in Israel. Secondly, At Riaad. I am so sick of people like you. Another fanatical islamist terror attack occurs and all you can do is wheel out the "oh but look at terrible Israel" excuse. It's pathetic, and frankly it's wearing thin. The UN has also failed to act substantially against real, not fictionalized, false, cases of genocide and murder by muslim forces in Somalia, Sudan, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Morocco, Egypt and Syria. But you whine about Israel. The world would be a better place is muslims took responsiblity for their fellow islamists' actions instead of trying to point the finger at others all the time, or blaming it on a "minority" when islam is actually a peaceful, loving religion. Yeah, right. Pull the other one. Religions, like people, are defined by their actions, and frankly islam is proving itself to be a hate-filled, violent, oppressive religion.

      BA - 2011-12-26 16:06

      At Riaad. Also, there is no "ethnic cleansing" taking place in the palestinian territories. That is saved for Sudan (Africans), Somalia (their own people), Egypt (Christians), Morocco (the Western Sahara), Turkey and Iraq (the Kurds), Iran and Syria (their own people), China (Tibetans). If you know anything about the Serbian war, you'll know that the muslims were not just innocent bystanders but active participants in that war.

      emile.eley - 2011-12-26 16:35

      Riaad, you know the saying regarding the swallow and summer. Some people were doing backflips when Brevik's mind quit on him, all but applauding the fact that there were Christian madmen as well. By the way, what are your views on the active suppression of minority religions in Egypt, Somalia and that glowing example of religious freedom, Saudi Arabia, amongst others. Do you support the fact that Christianity is suppressed in these countries? Be honest.

  • colin.dovey - 2011-12-26 09:30

    We should perhaps start all over on another planet - in 2000 years they will think we have all been very primitive - why can't we all get on with the business of living. No matter what sect, religion or persuasion, there is NO justification for setting bombs off....it is the ultimate mark of the coward who cannot look people in the eye with whom they disagree.

  • Jaryd - 2011-12-26 10:32

    Waving your finger in disapproval isnt gonna help!! If they dont care about human life then why would they care about the UN...once again the UN fails to act substantially

      Riaad - 2011-12-26 10:54

      Agreed. Similarly the UN fails to act substantially when Israel is in breach of 400+ UN Resolutions. It goes both ways ...

      Noel - 2011-12-26 11:09

      agree .. The UN is a big joke ... unprovoked rocket attacks from Gaza onto Israel are blatantly ignored by the UN but a one-off attack on a church in Nigeria gets immediate condemnation from the UN. Banki is so biased that he is not able to represent the people who form the UN in a fair and just manner.

      BA - 2011-12-26 15:47

      At Riaad. I am so sick of people like you. Another fanatical islamist terror attack occurs and all you can do is wheel out the "oh but look at terrible Israel" excuse. It's pathetic, and frankly it's wearing thin. The UN has also failed to act substantially against real, not fictionalized, false, cases of genocide and murder by muslim forces in Somalia, Sudan, Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Morocco, Egypt and Syria. But you whine about Israel. The world would be a better place is muslims took responsiblity for their fellow islamists' actions instead of trying to point the finger at others all the time, or blaming it on a "minority" when islam is actually a peaceful, loving religion. Yeah, right. Pull the other one. Religions, like people, are defined by their actions, and frankly islam is proving itself to be a hate-filled, violent, oppressive religion.

      Riaad - 2011-12-27 14:28

      @BA If u had read my other comments you would have seen that I condemned Boko Haram in the strongest terms. When Asad attacks his own people in Syria its genocide acc. to you but when Israel bombs an apartment block with an F-16 missile strike just to get one man, then it is not. When Asad attacks his own people in Syria its Islam to blame, but when the US attacks civillians in drone attacks, Christianity is not implicated! You are a totally biased Zionist. I won't waste my time debating with you.

      Riaad - 2011-12-27 14:31

      "Religions, like people, are defined by their actions " ??? People are defined by their actions, Religions are defined by their TEACHINGS, idiot.

  • Hugh - 2011-12-26 14:30

    Condolences to our brothers and sisters in Christ who lost loved ones during these terrorist attacks.

      emile.eley - 2011-12-26 16:29

      Amen Hugh. Perhaps these atrocities will unite Christians as it ought to be.

  • Dosunmu Afeez - 2011-12-26 18:51

    Its obvious Nigeria as a Nation is a failed state. That useless country filled with corrupt leaders should split. Its obvious we can't live in peace and unity again. Government have successfully brought out the beast in these poor people. Boko Haram should try and bomb Aso Rock or Senate building to drive home their points and leave defenseless people alone.

  • Dosunmu Afeez - 2011-12-26 18:54

    Its obvious Nigeria as a Nation is a failed state. That useless country filled with corrupt leaders should split. Its obvious we can't live in peace and unity again. Government have successfully brought out the beast in these poor people. Boko Haram should try and bomb Aso Rock or Senate building to drive home their points and leave defenseless people alone.

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