After Prayers for Peace, Catholic Bishops in Togo Reaffirm Solidarity with People of Niger

Members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo. Credit: CET

After organizing a “triduum prayer” for peace in Niger following a July 26 military coup that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum from power, members of the Episcopal Conference of Togo (CET) have reaffirmed their solidarity with people of the West African nation.

“We, the Archbishops and Bishops of Togo, reaffirm, in the name of the Church Family of God in Togo, our solidarity with the people of Niger,” CET members said in their statement issued Monday, August 14.

They appeal to the “conscience and sense of responsibility of political decision-makers,” inviting them to “favor, at all costs, the diplomatic path of negotiation, dialogue and mediation in the search for a solution to the prevailing crisis in Niger, by listening to the cries of distress of the people of Niger.”

On August 14, Niger’s coup leaders announced that they were going to prosecute ousted President Bazoum on treason charges “over his exchanges with foreign heads of state and international organizations.” 

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has reportedly cut off Niger's “financial transactions, electricity supplies and closed its land borders, blocking crucial imports.”


In their August 14 statement, CET called on ECOWAS to life the sanctions against Niger, noting that The primary victims of the sanctions are the civilian population, especially women and children.

Lifting the sanctions, the Bishop have said, could also potentially bring the protagonists of the crisis to the negotiating table.

They salute leaders who have taken what they describe as a “courageous, wise and prudent stance” against a possible military intervention in Niger, and are instead proposing “dialogue with discernment” for parties involved in the Nigerien conflict.

The Bishops further express gratitude to the Togolese who participated in prayers for the country’s neighbour, as well as those “who continue to carry the situation in Niger in their daily prayers.”

Reiterating their closeness to the Bishops and the brotherly people of Niger, Catholic Bishops in Togo say, “We continue to implore the Lord for the grace of a rapid return to calm and mutual understanding, for the good of all.”

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Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.