German Evangelist ‘Banned’

Published: Dec. 15, 2000

A group of Muslim leaders known as the Council of Ulama has warned German evangelist Reinhard Bonnke - whose Christian crusades have attracted millions of Nigerians - to be prepared to die if he comes to northern Nigeria, an area of the country that is predominately Muslim. Bonnke held a crusade in Lagos in southern Nigeria on November 7-13. He has visited Nigeria several times to hold evangelistic rallies. Bonnke’s attempt to hold a crusade in the northern Nigerian city of Kano in October 1991 was opposed by Muslim extremists who killed Christians and burned down several churches. Bonnke said that he had no plans at this time to visit northern Nigeria. \"My full attention is on Africa,\" Bonnke said. He explained that his outreach in Africa is expanding day by day \"because I have no message of hate. I do not attack any religion. I just preach Jesus.\" The northern Nigerian chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has insisted on inviting Bonnke to conduct crusades in northern Nigeria.