The Bishop of Butembo-Beni Diocese in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has decried high levels of poverty in the Central African nation and blamed the people’s woes on individuals enriching themselves on the country’s vast natural resources.
A Nigerian Bishop has, in his Independence Day message shared with ACI Africa, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to review the ideals of his predecessors and chart a new path for progress, resetting “the clock before it is too late.”
Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have, in a collective statement on the occasion of the country’s 60th independence anniversary, highlighted multiple challenges bedeviling the West African nation saying the country is “in great distress” and that there seems to be nothing to celebrate about.
On the eve of the celebration of 60 years since Nigeria gained its independence from the British, a Catholic Bishop has given a negative assessment of progress in the West African country, describing it as “a mirage,” grappling with “multiplicity of problems.”
Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah of Nigeria’s Sokoto Diocese has criticized the government’s tactics in fighting religious extremism, toxic politics, corruption and other vices that threaten to bring the west African country on its knees, saying that the country could do more in asserting its leadership role on the continent.
Against the background of persistent insecurity in Nigeria, Catholic Bishops in the West African nation have announced a 40-day prayer period during which God’s intervention will be sought for an end to the security crisis that has been described as “genocide”.
The Clergy of the Archdiocese of Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have, in a collective statement, expressed their solidarity to their Local Ordinary, Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo after his message during the country’s Independence Day anniversary drew criticism from a section of religious leaders.