Lagos, 22 October, 2020 / 10:00 pm (ACI Africa).
After testimonies of excessive use of force against protesters in Nigeria emerged, including reports of at least a dozen deaths and renewed demonstrations in various cities of Africa’s most populous nation, a Catholic Archbishop has described the country’s situation as “difficult” but presenting an opportunity for a transition.
In his Thursday, October 22 statement, Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins who is based in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, calls on the people of God under his jurisdiction to collectively seek divine intervention “on our knees.”
“These are really difficult but defining moments and so we need to pray the Rosary more fervently than before, say the Prayer for Nigeria in Distress and the Prayer to St. Michael the Archangel,” Archbishop Adewale says.
In his statement, he urges “all the faithful, brothers and sisters, to go down on our knees in prayers for our country” and making reference to the Holy Rosary and the Prayer for Nigeria in Distress, the Archbishop adds, “These are some of the Treasures of the Church by which we seek the intervention of heaven in our moments of difficulty.”
Addressing himself to the members of the Clergy under his case, the Nigerian Prelate directs that they “celebrate at least one Mass a day for the return of peace to our land, for the repose of the souls of the young ones who have died during these protests and the consolation of their families.”