Onitsha, 15 May, 2021 / 12:50 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Nigeria’s Ecclesiastical Provinces of Onitsha and Owerri have raised concerns about incessant insecurity in the country.
In a video posted on Facebook Tuesday, May 11 following their extraordinary Onitsha/Owerri Inter-Provincial Bishops’ Meeting on the situation of Nigeria, the Catholic Church leaders say that the West African country is in “great danger” and urgent action is required.
“The state of Nigeria in different parts of our country with so much violence, insecurity and anxiety is a source of major concern to us Bishops. We are speaking to you, our people at various levels of government and across the nation, to see that this nation is in great danger unless we bring a new spirit, a new approach,” they said in the message read by Archbishops Anthony Obinna of Owerri and Valerian Okeke of Onitsha.
The Bishops of the twelve Dioceses in Onitsha and Owerri Ecclesiastical Provinces added, “The injustice, the insecurity that is very noticeable at various levels of government and high handedness with which government and security personnel approach various segments of this nation has led to public outcry, public dismay and disappointment.”
“There are reactions from the people because they would like the government to respond,” the Bishops add in the 5-minute video.