Catholic Archbishop Declares Triduum Prayer, Day of Fasting for Peace in Niger

Archbishop Djalwana Laurent Lompo of Niamey Archdiocese in Niger. Credit: Niamey Archdiocese

Archbishop Djalwana Laurent Lompo of Niamey Archdiocese in Niger has called for a triduum of prayer and a day of fasting for Niger following the July 27 announcement of a coup in the West African country. 

In a Thursday, August 10 statement, Archbishop Lompo said, “For the past few days, our beloved country Niger has been experiencing a difficult situation that is plunging the population into anxiety and fear, in view of the sanctions and threats of attack by sub-regional institutions that are hanging over them.”

“We, the Bishops of Niger, are closely following these events and express our deep concern. We take this opportunity to reaffirm the Church's commitment to peace and justice,” he said, and added, “We hereby request the organization of a triduum of prayer in all the parishes of our two dioceses (Maradi and Niamey), on August 13, 14 and 15, 2023.”

Friday August 18 has been declared a day of fasting in the dioceses, the 56-year-old Archbishop said, and explained, “This is to ask the Lord to save our beloved country from war and chaos.”

He directed that the faithful in each parish of the dioceses to gather to recite the rosary and then celebrate the Eucharist.


“United with you in affection and prayer, we ask the Lord to grant his grace of peace to our country, Niger, and to the world,” Archbishop Lompo implored.

Colonel Amadou Abdramane among other nine officers announced the removal of President Mohammed Bazoum from power, citing the deteriorating security situation and bad governance as the reason behind the action.

The coup that led to the suspension of all political activities and the closure of borders attracted the attention of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) heads of state who convened a meeting in Abuja, Nigeria on July 30 issuing a seven-day ultimatum to the coup plotters to surrender power back to the President.

Defense officials at ECOWAS have been mulling over a possible military intervention in Niger. The West African nation is bordered by Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Mali, Libya, Benin, Algeria, and Chad. Most of these countries are wreaked by terrorism and are on the list of places where Christians are persecuted the most.

On Thursday, ECOWAS begun a closed-door meeting to discuss the situation of Niger after Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu announced that the West African leaders would “exhaust all avenues of engagement” to ensure that the country regains constitutional governance.

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Meanwhile, the President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has cautioned Tinubu against launching any military expedition against Niger’s coup plotters, noting that such a move could lead into bloodshed.

On August 8, Catholic Bishops in West Africa opposed any form of intervention in the Nigerian Coup saying, “West African countries have been ravished by terrorism and cannot handle another bloodbath.”