Ouagadougou, 16 June, 2020 / 8:18 pm (ACI Africa).
Bishops in Burkina Faso have, in a collective statement at the end of their Plenary Assembly, raised concerns about rising cases of insecurity in the West African country saying the situation is “more worrying than ever” and called on relevant authorities to act ahead of elections scheduled for later this year.
In their statement following the June 9-13 Plenary Assembly, the members of the Episcopal Conference of Burkina-Niger (CEBN) are concerned that the situation of insecurity is preventing Clerics from reaching the faithful.
“For the Pastors in this part of Burkina Faso as elsewhere in the regions ... it is a great suffering to no longer be able to reach the faithful in some places, or to see them fleeing from terrorist attacks without any guarantee of security,” they lament.
The members of CEBN note that the prevailing security situation in the country is “more worrying than ever with its share of displaced persons, such that Sahelians are no longer certain of the future of their native Sahel.”
In view of the general elections expected to take place on November 22, the Bishops say that the “ideal” situation would be “to organize these elections throughout the national territory and to ensure the full participation of all populations wherever they are in order to guarantee the elected President full legitimacy and give all provinces representation in the National Assembly.”