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Christianity is the second largest religion in Nigeria, after Islam. Based on a 2003 survey, Christians comprised 48.2% of the population, with Muslims as 50.5%.[1] Other estimates put the percentage of Christians in Nigeria at 40%[2]. More than 70 million persons in Nigeria belong to the church. Christians are dominant in the Southern and Middle belt (North- central) region in Nigeria. Since the introduction of Sharia penal law in the Northern states, violence between Christians and Muslims has increased.[3] Christianity is growing fast in Nigeria and according to the 1963 census, only 35% of the population at the time were Christian as compared to close to 50% today.

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Church of Nigeria

The ecclesiastical provinces of the Church of Nigeria are: Lagos, Ibadan, Ondo, Edo, The Niger, Niger Delta, Owerri, Abuja, Kaduna and Jos.[4] Its primate is Peter Jasper Akinola.[5] The Church of Nigeria has about 17 million members. [6]

Other Denominations

The Nigerian Baptist Convention has about 4 million baptized members.[7] The Archdioceses of the Roman Catholic Church are: Abuja, Benin City, Calabar, Ibadan, Jos, Kaduna, Lagos, Onitsha and Owerri. [8] It has about 19 million members in Nigeria. [9] Cardinal Francis Arinze is a Roman Catholic Cardinal from Nigeria.[10]

Jehovah's Witnesses form approximately 0.2% of the population. In 1970, 87,000 Jehovah's Witnesses were present in Nigeria,[11] which grew to more than 313,000 by 2007.[12] In 2001 the highest court of Nigeria ruled that people have the right to object against blood transfusion.[13]

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References

  1. ^ http://pewforum.org/world-affairs/countries/?countryID=150
  2. ^ https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/ni.html
  3. ^ Ismene Zarifis (2002). "Human Rights Brief: Rights of Religious Minorities in Nigeria". http://www.wcl.american.edu/hrbrief/10/1nigeria.cfm. 
  4. ^ "Site of the Church of Nigeria". http://www.anglican-nig.org/main.php?k_j=24. 
  5. ^ "Site of the Church of Nigeria". http://www.anglican-nig.org/main.php?k_j=24. 
  6. ^ "Site of the Gazette ( Colorado Springs)". http://www.gazette.com/onset?id=20769&template=article.html. 
  7. ^ "Site of the Nigerian Baptist Convention". http://www.nigerianbaptist.org/index.php. 
  8. ^ "Current Dioceses in Nigeria (Catholic Hierarchy)". http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/country/dng2.html. 
  9. ^ "Washington Post". http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A59514-2005Apr16.html. 
  10. ^ "The Guardian on Arinze". http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2003/oct/03/catholicism.religion. 
  11. ^ http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/print/d-42765048.html?name=Dunkle+Zeit
  12. ^ http://www.watchtower.org/e/statistics/worldwide_report.htm
  13. ^ http://www.jw-media.org/region/africa_middle_east/nigeria/english/releases/health/nig_e010329.htm
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