Owerri, 24 June, 2022 / 9:57 pm (ACI Africa).
The newly installed Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese in Nigeria has called upon the government of the West African nation to work together with the Church to cushion the people of God in the country “from the prevailing scourge of violence and insecurity”.
In his Thursday, June 23 address during his installation at Maria Assumpta Cathedral of Owerri Archdiocese, Archbishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji underlined the need for Church-State partnership, saying that “the church and the state serve the same people.”
“We have to work together to save our people from the prevailing scourge of violence and insecurity that have brought unimaginable grief, trauma and fear to our fellow citizens in the State,” Archbishop Ugorji said.
The Nigerian Archbishop said that peace and development are inseparable and that people are only free to engage in sustainable development when they are free from hunger, poverty and exploitation, among other hindrances.
He said, “In the face of myriads of problems bedeviling our society today, we extend our hands of partnership with the government to work for the development of our people, while keeping in mind that there is an intricate relationship between peace and sustainable development.”