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Why the outbreak of violence in Northern Nigeria? A Nigerian Anglican archbishop says it is the result of Muslims becoming Christians, resulting in the formation of 49 new dioceses.

The Rt Rev. Edmund Akanya says outreach to Muslims, animists, and pagans with the gospel is “second nature” to Nigerian Anglicans and that Anglicans “face this challenge every day.”

The Archbishop also said that “news media stories only tell the ugly side of Nigerian violence, but it is not the whole story.”

Akanya said one method of evangelism is building bridges of friendship. “Despite attacks and killings we keep building friendships and extending the love of Christ. We carry on despite the enmity.”

Twenty years ago 5-7% of the population was Christians, now 30% of the people in northern Nigeria are Christian.

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