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Nigerian archbishop suggests Bush build hospitals instead of bombing Afghanistan

The head of the Nigerian bishops' conference suggested US President George W. Bush take a break in bombing Afghanistan and root out terrorism by building hospitals instead.

"The missiles used against coded destinations cost millions of dollars and are being hurled into the desert. The cost of just one of them could build 20 hospitals in Nigeria," said Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja.

The archbishop, in Rome for the Synod of Bishops, told Fides news agency that until there is justice and equal distribution of world riches, anger and terrorism will continue.

The interview took place after several days of rioting and protests against US military action, in Kano, Nigeria.

Archbishop Onaiyekan said: "The reasons that the western world gives for this attack seem not to convince these people. They say the war on terrorism is only an excuse for attacking a Muslim country."