Truth Magazine: Tolerance and Peace; Public or Personal Affair

Truth Magazine

The Truth Magazine is an annual publication of the Dominican Student brothers of the Province of St Joseph the Worker, Nigeria and Ghana.

This year’s edition confronts the issue of religious and political unrest in Nigeria, while offering Tolerance and Peace as panaceas for a more wholesome society. In the words of the editor, the magazine aims at “diagnosing the maladies of society.... reminding humanity of our duty to practice tolerance and contribute towards building a peaceful society.” It features articles from the students themselves and other contributors.

There is also an exclusive interview with the country’s youngest bishop, Rev Dr Matthew Hassan Kukah, Bishop of Sokoto Diocese. Sokoto is one of the most important cities in the northern part of Nigeria, the center of recent bombing of Christian churches. When they arrived Nigeria in the middle of the 20th century, the Dominican brothers from the Province of St Albert the Great, USA settled in the west (Lagos) and the north which is predominantly Muslim. The first bishop of Sokoto diocese was a Dominican, Bishop Edward T. Lawton, OP and he was succeeded by another Dominican, Bishop Michael J. Dempsey, OP.

Dominican brothers and sisters have continued to work in the northern part of Nigeria and they are constantly harassed and intimidated by the Muslims majority. The brothers at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, Gusau (a northern city) had one of their stations burnt down last year during a religious unrest. Now, they have extra security at the church and convent.

The student brothers are therefore reflecting on this very pertinent issue in Nigeria today – the issue of religious tolerance and peace.

fr. Jude-Mary Owoh, OP