Members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) yesterday held a peaceful rally in Abuja. They urged the Federal Government to stop the killings in the land, restore peace and promote unity among all religions.
The clerics included the President of CBCN, Rev. Augustine Akabueze and former Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, Rev. John Cardinal Onaiyekan.
They spoke as Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo urged Nigerians to pray for the government to succeed in handling the nation’s challenges.
Osinbajo spoke on Sunday in Abuja at the first 2020 plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).
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The Vice-President, who was represented by Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi, said: “It is difficult to speak in this place, honestly. We need to pray for the government.”
President of CBCN, Most Rev. Augustine Akubeze, advised Christians to speak with one voice and condemned the killings in the country.
The cleric stressed that the government needs to accept the reality that the country is under siege and end insecurity.
He urged Christians to pray for peace.
“Nigeria needs the light in this moment of darkness. The darkness is so noticeable that even the blind can feel it. We live at a time, a very difficult time, in the life of this nation that we all know.
“In the coming days, we shall examine how the word of God can be a light for us. How can the word of God be a light for us? As a church, let us continue to pray for Nigeria and the church. We all should be working for peace.
“We are praying for our brothers in the North. We can imagine what you are going through because of your faith. The faith you believe in will grow faster than the terrorists who are killing and holding our Christian brothers and sisters hostage.
“Our Christian values are more important than anything in life. As a church, we cannot forget the kidnapping and killing of our reverend father. Our eyes are still filled with tears. Their blood shall never be in vain.
“Government officials pass through Federal roads and they see what is going on with heavy security. This is a clear sign that all is not well. What government can do is to accept this fact and work on it. Government must work to tackle terrorism in the land. The presence of terrorists in our land poses serious danger to the nation.”
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