Peaceful protests against police brutality in Nigeria presented an opportunity for the Catholic Church in the West African nation to guide young people on their quest for a better society, a Catholic Bishops has said in a statement.
After testimonies of excessive use of force against protesters in Nigeria emerged, including reports of at least a dozen deaths and renewed demonstrations in various cities of Africa’s most populous nation, a Catholic Archbishop has described the country’s situation as “difficult” but presenting an opportunity for a transition.
The ongoing protests against police brutality in Nigeria has attracted support from individuals and bodies in Africa’s most populous country, one latest support coming from a Catholic Prelate who terms the nationwide demonstrations "a step in the right direction."
Religious leaders in Uganda have expressed their concerns about unequal access to the media and police brutality as the country prepares for elections early next year.
The brutality meted out on a section of Kenyans by police officers in their bid to enforce the dawn-to-dusk curfew put in place by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19 has caught the attention of Catholic Bishops who, while condemning the Friday, March 27 episodes, have called on security officers to act with a human face, respecting the dignity of persons.
A Kenyan institution in charge of regulating media conduct and freedom has decried increasing police brutality meted out to journalists, saying the attacks set a “dangerous trend in the country.”