Insecurity: Nigerian Catholics to wear black on Ash Wednesday

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Insecurity: Nigerian Catholics to wear black on Ash Wednesday

Insecurity: Nigerian Catholics to wear black on Ash Wednesday

Catholics all over Nigeria will appear in black attires on Ash Wednesday as a sign of mourning and solidarity with the victims of kidnapping and other violent crimes recorded in the nation.

A statement of the Catholics Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), to be read at masses across Catholic churches on Wednesday, made it known that the church is aware of its moral responsibility. It urged the government to live up to its responsibility of protecting Nigerians.

“We shall all dress in black on Ash Wednesday as a mark of mourning for all our brothers and sisters who have been victims of the most recent attack against the Christian community, and offer our prayers and penance for their repose,” the statement reads.

The statement was signed by Augustine Akubeze and Camillus Umoh, president and secretary of CBCN respectively.

“We call on the universal church (Catholics) and all Christians to join us in prayers for our dead brothers and sisters and for peace and security in Nigeria,” the statement continued.

“We also plead to the international community to come to the aid of the Nigerian government in the fight against these terrorists, who are working tirelessly to destabilize our country.

“The consequences, should they succeed, will be grave not only for the West African sub-region but also for Africa as a whole.”

Not less than 199 deaths were caused by insurgent groups, herdsmen, and others in January 2020, according to research by Lagos-based Civic Media Laboratory.

Insecurity: Nigerian Catholics to wear black on Ash Wednesday

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