Lagos, 07 February, 2022 / 8:54 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Nigeria’s Lagos Ecclesiastical Province have bemoaned “senseless killings” in the country saying human life in the West African nation “has been reduced to an abysmally all-time-low owing to insecurity and other criminality across the land.”
In their latest collective statement, the Catholic Local Ordinaries of Lagos Archdiocese and the Dioceses of Ijebu-Ode and Abeokuta say, “We regret to note that despite the wide outcry of condemnation that have greeted the continuous senseless killings of innocent lives and other waves of violence across the country, it is far from being abated.”
They highlight the killing of Fr. Luke Adeleke, a member of the Clergy of the Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta who was murdered on Christmas Eve 2021 while returning to his residence after celebrating Holy Mass and the torching of a Catholic Church in Taraba State as some of the most recent cases of insecurity and violence.
“These and numerous other cases of violence have been the hallmark of our nation. How long would these be allowed to continue?” the Catholic Bishops pose in their communiqué circulated Sunday, February 6.
They say they will continue “to call on the government to utilize all the state resources at their disposal to put an end to these dastardly acts of killing and violence across the country before it consumes everyone.”