Lagos, 30 September, 2021 / 9:35 pm (ACI Africa).
Marking 61 years since Nigeria gained independence is “a miracle of sorts,” a Catholic Archbishop in the West African nation has said ahead of the Friday, October 1 event.
In a Wednesday, September 29 news report., the Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese makes reference to the myriad of challenges Africa’s most populous country is facing, particularly the life-threatening problem of deteriorating security that has led thousands of “our fellow citizens to their untimely death and loss of properties.”
“At this time that we celebrate the 61st independence anniversary of our country, we must thank God for the gift of life and for keeping the country together, despite the atrocities being committed by criminals of various descriptions,” Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins has been quoted as saying.
“It is indeed a miracle of sorts that despite all these anomalies across the land, we are still here to mark this year’s independence,” Archbishop Adewale says in the report published on the website of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).
The Nigerian Archbishop adds, “We pray that this will not be the last and that our country will continue to thrive.”