Abuja, 04 May, 2022 / 9:40 pm (ACI Africa).
The President of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA), the common forum of the Catholic Bishops from 16 West African countries, has called on political leaders in the African region to use their authority to foster good governance, and for the “common good”.
RECOWA comprises 154 Catholic Dioceses spread across 11 Catholic Bishops’ Conferences in 16 countries of Anglophone and Francophone Africa. The 16 countries include Benin, Burkina Faso, Niger, Ivory Coast, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Ghana, Guinee, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Senegal, Mauritania, Cape Verde, Guinee Bissau, and Togo.
In his opening remarks at the fourth RECOWA Plenary Assembly that officially opened on Tuesday, May 3 in Nigeria’s Abuja Archdiocese, Archbishop Ignatius Ayau Kaigama said politics in West African nations is no longer about service based on justice, charity, truth and transparency.
Archbishop Kaigama said that the region is battling with terrorism, religious and ethnic crises, climate change, among other issues.
“Leaders of the region must use political power to create good governance rather than for personal advancement or allow religious, ethnic, economic or political interests to subordinate the common good,” RECOWA President said in his speech at the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Parliament in the capital city of Nigeria, Abuja.