Anyone who has read the Ven. AkinTunde Popoola (Director of Communications of the Church of Nigeria) on Thinking Anglicans knows that they must look carefully at what he writes. He has emailed Father Jake and the same has appeared on Anglican Mainstream in defence of Archbishop Akinola and his "No comment" about his alleged involvement in Christian youth violence at Yelwa in 2004.
The questions were direct and the answers specific (and evasive), and this further comment followed:
To be told in the response by AkinTunde Popoola that this direct exchange is in the context of Danish cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad is nothing but a smokescreen. No one is surely taken in by this crass attempt at sleight of hand and misdirection.
Father Jake points to his own interesting comments from 2006 and the silence of the Anglican Communion as it maintains its own self-protection. There are origins in this from Thinking Anglicans and Stephen Bates. Thinking Anglicans has more on this controversy, Nigeria, and, via AkinTunde Popoola's response there, a link to a meeting of Archbishop Akinola (with other Anglican bishops) with the Sultan of Sokoto when Sokoto told Akinola that if someone wants to hit him he, Sokoto, will stand his way to be hit first.
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