Muslim-Christian Violence in Nigeria

with The Most Rev. Dr. Ben Kwashi, Archbishop of Jos Province, Nigeria

Sunday, January 22nd, 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

At The Westminster Institute

6731 Curran Street, McLean, VA 22101

Jos sits between Nigeria’s majority Muslim north and Christian south, and in recent years has seen wave after wave of violence.  Local tensions have been exacerbated by growing ties between the Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), as well as by an influx of arms from Libya and Iran. The Most Reverend Ben Kwashi is the Anglican Archbishop of Jos Province, Nigeria, and he is one of the best known and most respected advocates for the persecuted Christians of Nigeria. Twice he has been the victim of attempts on his own life, and in 1987 his church and vicarage were burned down in Christian-Muslim riots.  His talk will focus on the escalating violence in Jos and throughout Nigeria and examine the tensions contributing to the violence as well as possible solutions.

The Most Rev. B.A. Kwashi was born in September 1955 at Amper, in Plateau State, Nigeria. He attended Theological College of Northern Nigeria, at Bukuru, Jos, was ordained in 1982, and then served as Vicar, and District Chairman of St. Andrew’s, Zaria, St.Mary’s Gedege and St. Andrew’s Zonkwa.  In 1990 he was appointed Rector of St.Francis of Assisi Theological College, Wusasa, Zaria, and in 1992 he was consecrated and enthroned as Bishop of Jos. In January 2008 he was presented as the Archbishop of Jos Province (Church of Nigeria). The Most Rev. B.A. Kwashi holds a Diploma in Theology, a Higher Diploma in Theology, a Bachelor of Divinity degree, a Doctor of Ministry degree and a Doctor of Divinity degree. He has worked in rural and urban churches, as a Polytechnic Chaplain, and at a Theological College.

The Westminster Institute • 6729 Curran Street • McLean, VA 22101

Tel. 1-703-288-2885 •

Katharine Cornell Gorka, Executive Director