The Nigerian Catholic Mission has organised a peaceful protest against the continuous killings and attack being carried out in some parts of the country. The exercise is meant to be in supplication to God for the many killings of innocent people in Nigeria particularly the brutal murder of two Catholic priests and laity during a Holy Mass in Benue.
Speaking with Channels Television on Tuesday 22nd of May, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins enjoined members to take part in the exercise in supplication to God emphasizing that the protest was a directive from the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN). He also added that the protest is in solidarity with the death of the two Catholic priests together with the innocent lives taken during mass in Benue state.
Most Rev. Augustine Akubeke, Chairman of CBCN and Very Rev. Fr. Michael Oyanafoh, Chancellor in a meeting at Benin yesterday said: “In the light of this, we have decided to say no to further killings, kidnapping, murders, intimidation of innocent citizens and other vices. “We wish to re-assure you that as law abiding citizens and Christians, this activity will bear in mind the provisions of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (1999) and the teachings of Jesus Christ our Saviour that preaches peace even in the face confrontation.”
The Vicar General of Osogbo Catholic Diocese, Rev. Olaolu Ajayi urged President Buhari to do everything possible in his capacity to disallow the average Nigerian from living in fear and insecurity. He also advised the perpetrators of these evil to desist from taking innocent lives hence they incur the wrath of God.
Catholics across the nation, especially worshippers from Edo, Oyo, Benue, Lagos, Kaduna, Adamawa, and Kwara states filed out massively, marching across streets with their well inscribed placards. The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Niger State Chapter also joined Catholics in the solidarity.