Nigeria bishop convenes meeting to address violence

Community leaders in Karim Lamido, Nigeria, gather to discuss peace and reconciliation efforts following episodes of violence in the area. United Methodist Bishop John Wesley Yohanna, who organized the meeting, called on those attending to pray for peace. Photo by Ramson Danjuma, UM News. 
Community leaders in Karim Lamido, Nigeria, gather to discuss peace and reconciliation efforts following episodes of violence in the area. United Methodist Bishop John Wesley Yohanna, who organized the meeting, called on those attending to pray for peace. Photo by Ramson Danjuma, UM News.

Bishop John Wesley Yohanna, leader of The United Methodist Church in Nigeria, organized a peace and reconciliation meeting on Aug. 17 following incidents of violence in the Karim Lamido area of Taraba state. The meeting was prompted by the Aug. 2 murder of a farmer in Munga Dosso, followed by the killings of several Fulani herdsmen, which authorities are investigating as possible retaliatory attacks.

The meeting was held at the palace of Abubakar Haruna Kirim, chief of the Wurkum traditional council, who encouraged those attending to be peacemakers. Representatives of the farmers and herdsmen, as well as the police, also spoke. Yohanna urged all involved to be patient and forgive one another, and he concluded by asking those in attendance to pray for peace.

Ramson Danjuma, North East Nigeria Conference


Like what you're reading? Support the ministry of UM News! Your support ensures the latest denominational news, dynamic stories and informative articles will continue to connect our global community. Make a tax-deductible donation at ResourceUMC.org/GiveUMCom.

Sign up for our newsletter!

UMNEWS-SUBSCRIPTION
Mission and Ministry
Graduates of the Ron Wilmot Comprehensive Seminary Secondary School in Nigeria gather for a class photo. On Oct. 16, they became the first graduating senior class of the United Methodist-supported school, which is named after a late missionary from Iowa. Photo by Daniel Garba, UM News.

Big day for United Methodist school, guesthouse

Northern Nigeria Conference celebrates graduation at school named for late Ron Wilmot, missionary, and dedicates new guesthouse for visiting volunteers.
Bishops
During its Nov. 2-5 online meeting, the Council of Bishops approved “A Narrative for the Continuing United Methodist Church” outlining a vision for the church where all will have a home. Graphic by Laurens Glass, UM News.

Bishops offer framework for inclusive church

As the denomination edges toward some form of separation, bishops offer a narrative to describe their hopes for the continuing United Methodist Church.
Bishops
UM News is the official news gathering agency of the 13-million member United Methodist Church. Map courtesy of Pixabay; graphic by UM News.

Group seeks bishops' grace in church exits

As the Council of Bishops begins its fall online meeting, a group of United Methodists is urging the leaders to allow churches that so desire to depart with property.