Catholics in Nigeria will wear black outfits on Ash Wednesday to mourn their members killed during the kidnapping and other great attacks across the nation.
According to a report by the Catholics Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), all Catholic churches will go on masses on Wednesday, February 26 to mourn their member and will also use the medium to ask the Federal Government to take full responsibility of protecting Nigerians from any subsequent attacks.
The full statement below:-
“As a mark of mourning for all our brothers and sisters who have been victims of the most recent wave of violence against Christians, we are all dressed in black today and offer our prayers and penance for their repose.
“We invite the universal church and all Christians to join us in prayers for our dead brothers and sisters and for peace and security in Nigeria.
“We equally appeal to the international community to come to the aid of the Nigerian government in the fight against these daredevil terrorists, who want to destabilise 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.”
The statement signed by Augustine Akubeze and Camillus Umoh, president and secretary of CBCN respectively came weeks after the Christian Association of Nigeria held ‘prayer protests‘ across Nigeria to call the government’s attention to the rising spate of killings in the country.