Nairobi, 09 September, 2023 / 9:18 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Symposium of Episcopal Conference of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have weighed in on military coups that have affected African countries in recent years.
Since August 2020, Africa has experienced a total of seven military coups, the latest ones being the July 26 one in the West African nation of Niger that ousted President Mohamed Bazoum from power, and the one in the Central African nation of Gabon on August 30, which resulted in the ouster of President Ali Bongo from power.
In a statement shared with ACI Africa Friday, September 8, SECAM members who unveil recommendations for peace in the Sahel and the Central African region caution against military interventions, which they say worsen the political instability in the African regions.
Catholic Bishops in Africa, who say they will not “remain indifferent to what is happening on the Continent” recommend that “all stakeholders in the affected countries come together, engage in constructive dialogue, and explore peaceful avenues to resolve the conflict.”
“We encourage all warring parties to consider the option of mediation and embrace the spirit of reconciliation, fostering understanding and healing among their people,” SECAM members say in their three-page statement dated September 7.