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Global church body to meet Jonathan, Jang


A TEAM from the World Council of Church (WCC) is to meet with President Goodluck Jonathan and Plateau State Governor Jonah Jang over the recent crisis in Jos, the state capital.

The delegation will also visit the worse hit areas, in and around Jos, where people were killed in inter-ethnic clashes.

The team will also meet heads of churches in Abuja and leading Muslim personalities involved in peace and reconciliation efforts in Nigeria.

Referred to as the Living Letters, the ecumenical teams visit countries to listen, learn, share approaches and to help confront challenges to overcome violence, and promote and pray for peace.

The delegation to Nigeria will comprised: Bishop Robert Aboagye-Mensah, vice-president of All Africa Conference of Churches (AACC), and member of the WCC Central Committee, Ghana; Rev. Volker Faigle, Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD); Rev. Johnson Mbillah, general adviser, Programme for Christian-Muslim Relations in Africa (PROCMURA), Ghana/Kenya

Others are Mbari Kioni, director of advocacy at the AACC, Kenya; Archbishop Daniel Okoh, Organisation of African Instituted Churches (OAIC), Nigeria; Mr. Arne Saeveras, Norwegian Church Aid (NCA), Norway; Mr. Jan Guehne, Mission 21, Switzerland/Germany/Nigeria.

There are also Outi Vasko, Orthodox Church of Finland, WCC Central Committee and Executive Committee member; Dr Mathews George Chunakara, director, Commission of the Churches on International Affairs, World Council of Churches; Dr Nigussu Legesse, programme executive for Africa, World Council of Churches.

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