Ekwulobia, 10 July, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
The Cardinal-designate in Nigeria has challenged the Federal government of the West African nation to become responsible and protect the lives and property of citizens amid increasing cases of kidnappings and murder.
In an interview with the National Directorate of Social Communications of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Bishop Peter Ebere Okpaleke who is among the 21 new Cardinals named by Pope Francis on May 29 said that kidnappings and killings targeting Catholic Priests in Nigeria are worrying.
“We are all worried on how human life is being treated in Nigeria, in the world but particularly in Nigeria,” the Cardinal-designate said, and added, “Human life, be it of the Priest or any other human being is equal before God.”
No special regard should be given to Priests or Bishops, he reiterated, adding that all human life should be regarded “with all sacredness that is supposed to be associated with it.”
Prayers offered for the respect of human life are extended “to the government of the federal republic of Nigeria to live up to the responsibility of protecting the lives and properties of Nigerians,” he said in the interview that was published Thursday, July 7.