Ekwulobia, 04 March, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Violence in Nigeria is on the rise and the people are intimidating others for survival, the Catholic Bishop of Nigeria’s Ekwulobia Diocese has said.
In his Thursday, March 3 Lenten message, Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke urged the people of God in the West African country to make peace with each other and to learn to live with “cordiality and solidarity” with each other especially as they prepare for the Easter celebration.
“Violence – physical, verbal and psychological – seems to be on the rise in our communities,” Bishop Ebere said, and added, “Aggression and intimidation are being raised to a style of life and technique for survival. Yet at the core of our Christian calling is the enthronement of a ‘civilization of love’ as Pope St. John Paul II formulated it.”
“It is therefore necessary for us to review our attitude towards violence on the one hand, reconciliation, respect for one another, cordiality and solidarity on the other,” he said.
In his message drawn from the Gospel of Matthew under the theme, “Go and Be Reconciled with Your Brother First”, Bishop Ebere noted that Jesus explicitly forbade those who have something against another from offering any gift to God before effecting a reconciliation.