Sunday, March 01, 2020, Abuja, Nigeria. The Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, under the aegis of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) made good their threat to organise and mobilise all Catholics in a nationwide prayer protest march against unchecked incessant killings of mainly Christians by different garbs of terrorists while Buhari-led APC government of the Federal Republic of Nigeria looks clueless, confused, outgunned and overrun.
Be them the infamous terrorist groups like Boko Haram and the Fulani cattle herdsmen or kidnappers lurking at every nook and cranny in the entire Nigerian landscape, the country has had enough. And the Catholic Bishops, who are starting their first Plenary Conference in Abuja made a bold and definite statement to the government that: enough is enough. It was an uncommon, but categorically, a welcome public action.
Dressed in all black on the roads of Abuja, the Bishops led the mammoth crowd of Catholics and some Christians of other denominations, praying the Rosary and chanting songs of sorrows, begging for divine intervention, the marchers believe, after all, that our help comes from calling the name of the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth (cf. Psalm 124:8).
No one expresses the sentiments better than the boldly written message of the President of the CBCN, Archbishop Augustine Akubeze. It stated that Nigeria is unsafe and is already a stable slaughterhouse of horror for all persons, especially, Christians of this country.
In his homily cum welcome address during the Mass, the host Archbishop of Abuja, Most Rev. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, likened Nigeria to that man (in Luke 10:25-37) from Jerusalem en route to Jericho, stripped, robbed, clubbed down and left to die on the roadside by robbers. He was saved by a Samaritan. And Nigeria, said the Prelate, is in dire need of a Samaritan. Accordingly, he asked the Buhari Government, represented by the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, to accommodate criticisms and work to sanitize the totally ineffective and lopsided systems operating in government.
We support the action of our Bishops and join all Christians of this great country in praying for safety of citizens and properties.
Mary, Queen and Patroness of Nigeria—Pray For Us!