Vatican concerned over events in Nigeria
Religion not seen as the cause of Muslim-Christian violence08 March, 18:23
Lombardi added that indications were that the Christians had been attacked not for religious but for social reasons.
Some 500 people are believed to have been killed at the weekend when Muslim herdsmen attacked three mostly Christian towns near the city of Jos.
The attack came two months after similar clashes between Muslim and Christian groups over control of fertile farmland in the state of Plateau.
Speaking Monday on Vatican Radio, the archbishop of Abuja, Msgr John Olorunfemi, said the violence was the result of "a classic feud between farmers and herdsmen, the difference being that the herdsmen are all Muslim and the farmers are Christians".
"It's easy for the international press to simply report that Muslim and Christians are killing each other. But this is not the case because the cause is not religious but has to do with social, economic, tribal and cultural issues and differences," he added.