Niamey, 07 August, 2023 / 9:50 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) have expressed their “solidarity and spiritual closeness” with the people of God in Niger following a July 26 military coup that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum from power.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa Monday, August 7, RECOWA members said that they had been “following with concern the events of recent days in Niger, since the coup d'état on 26 July 2023.”
“We, your brother bishops of RECOWA, would like to assure you that we are not indifferent to the suffering that your country is going through at this difficult time,” they said.
The Catholic Bishops in West Africa further expressed their “spiritual closeness to you and assure you of our prayers for a peaceful and definitive resolution to the current crisis.”
“As shepherds of your people, you certainly have an important role to play in maintaining peace in your country, starting with the most important of all, the ministry of prayer,” they added.