Nigerian archbishop says conflict is economic, cultural, not religious

Nigerian archbishop says conflict is economic, cultural, not religious

Written by Sarah Delaney, Catholic News Service ,

A woman cries during a funeral for victims in a village near the capital city of Jos in central Nigeria March 8. Cultural, economic and tribal differences are feeding the bloody conflict between Nigerian farmers and herders that has left hundreds of people dead. (CNS photo/Akintunde Akinleye, Reuters)
VATICAN CITY - Cultural, economic and tribal differences are feeding the bloody conflict between Nigerian farmers and herders that has left hundreds of people dead, an archbishop from the African country said.

The violence is not inspired by religious differences, even though the ethnic Berom farmers are Christian and the ethnic Fulani herders are Muslim, Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja told Vatican Radio in a telephone interview March 8.

"International media will say that Christians and Muslims are killing each other," he said. "But this is not the case, because people don't kill for religion, but for social, economic, tribal and cultural reasons."

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