CATHOLIC Bishops Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, has called on Catholic faithful across the country to wear blacks on Ash Wednesday, February 26. The CBCN noted that the attire is a sign of mourning and solidarity with the victims of terrorism, kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country.
The Bishops said in a statement made available to Realnews that the church was aware of its moral responsibility. It called on the government to live up to its responsibility of protecting Nigerians. “As a mark of mourning for all our brothers and sisters, who have been victims of the most recent wave of violence against Christians, we are all dressed in black today and offer our prayers and penance for their repose,” it said.
The statement signed by Augustine Akubeze and Camillus Umoh, president and secretary of CBCN respectively stated: “We invite the universal church and all Christians to join us in prayers for our dead brothers and sisters and for peace and security in Nigeria.
“We equally appeal to the international community to come to the aid of the Nigerian government in the fight against these daredevil terrorists, who want to destabilise our country. The consequences, should they succeed, will be grave not only for the West African sub-region but also for Africa as a whole.”
– Feb. 24, 2020 @ 15:15 GMT |