Abuja, 09 May, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in West Africa have, in the final communiqué of their fourth RECOWA Plenary Assembly, denounced “policies and practices” that give room to exploitation of populations and marginalization of persons.
In the Saturday, May 7 communiqué shared with ACI Africa, members of the Regional Episcopal Conference of West Africa (RECOWA) call on “politicians, other leaders and indeed our people to order in their never-ending craving for self-aggrandizement and acquisition of wealth.”
“We strongly denounce the policies and practices of our governments and leaders who facilitate and permit the exploitation and marginalization of our people and endanger the future of our children,” RECOWA members say in their collective statement.
They lament, “Tragically some individuals engaged in acts of violence and terrorism have aggravated the state of insecurity in our subregion.”
RECOWA members highlight the challenges bedeviling the people of God in their respective countries saying, “Our people are hungry, dehumanized and suffering; our youth are exposed to life threatening adventures on the high seas in their bid to discover greener pastures in overseas countries. We are called upon to give hope to these people.”