Bishop Ben Kwashi
The secular media gave full coverage to the terrible things going on in Onitsha, which must be stopped and the culprits punished.
But some of the reports failed to highlight the fact that the violence all began with Muslims attacking Christians in the North.
One attack concerned the wife of someone I have known through REFORM and who was visiting England in February - Bishop Ben Kwashi.
The Bishop, Dr Benjamin Kwashi, who was in the UK when the attack took place, returned home without delay, and called for immediate 'intervention, assistance, and protection' from the Nigerian police.
In a letter to the Inspector General of Police in Abuja, Dr Kwashi
wrote: 'They got everybody under their control and any little move was met with severe and brutal beatings resulting in injuries.
As a result, my first son, Rinji (aged 19 years), was beaten to the point of unconsciousness.
Nanminen, our last son (seven years) was also severely injured on his
Morris, our gateman, was injured in the face.'
The attackers, who demanded to know the Bishop's whereabouts, then singled out Mrs Kwashi. 'She was taken to the bedroom, where she
was undressed naked and severely beaten.
They tortured her to produce me, and they made their demand very clear, asking where I, Bishop Kwashi, CAN (Christian Association of Nigeria) chairman, was.
She told them that I was not CAN chairman, and that I was not around,' the Bishop said.
After the attack, she
was marched naked three kilometres to the diocesan office, where she
was forced to hand over money.
After attacking staff members at the diocesan headquarters, the assailants fled, and the alarm was raised.
was admitted to hospital with serious injuries to her
back, hips, head, and other areas.
was appealing for help and protection for his
family and staff after the 'apparent and imminent threat to my life and to the lives of my family'.
Baroness Cox, a close friend of the family, said on Tuesday that she
was in no doubt that the attack was linked to anti-Christian protests in other parts of Nigeria.
She said that the family was recovering, but that Mrs Kwashi was still seriously ill, and there were 'very serious concerns' about future safety and the targeting of Christians. 'I have written already to a government minister expressing my concern, as this is not the first attack on Bishop Kwashi and his home,' Lady Cox said.
Dr Kwashi was in England at the time of the attack for a meeting of Sharing of Ministries Abroad (SOMA) International, of which he is chairman.
A statement from SOMA on Wednesday said that after two operations Mrs Kwashi
had been moved out of intensive care, and that the surgery she
had undergone had been successful."