There is hope for West Africa – Catholic Bishops

Despite their challenges, the 16 West African countries will overcome their current difficulties, Catholic Bishops in the sub-region said on Saturday.

They insisted that political leaders must end the draconian policies and practices that allow the exploitation of the masses.

The Bishops under the auspices of the Meeting of Episcopal Conferences of West Africa have also resolved to work with key stakeholders to remove all obstacles to peaceful coexistence, development and productivity in the region. West Africa.

The clerics expressed these views in a statement made available to journalists following their fourth General Assembly, which was held in Abuja.

While acknowledging that West African countries were struggling with common challenges of insecurity, corruption and sectoral marginalization among others, they said there was no need to despair as hard times don’t last forever.

The Catholic Bishops said, “We recognize the dangers inherent in our current society, but we remain optimistic that none of the problems plaguing our sub-region are insurmountable.

“However, we must work together, with like minds in politics, religion, economics, social life and the media, in synergy to combat all forms of human inhumanity to man. ”

The statement which was signed by the President of RECOWA, Revd. Alexis Touabli Youlou, further stressed that all stakeholders must sustain advocacy for positive change in society.

The statement read, “As a Church, we call on politicians, other leaders, and even our people to bring order to their endless thirst for self-glorification and the acquisition of wealth.

“We urge Christian politicians, traditional leaders, technocrats, professionals, especially those in the media, businessmen and women, and indeed all our people to live their Christian vocation in the fight against corruption, ethnocentrism, sectionalism and all forms of injustice in society.

“We strongly denounce the policies and practices of our governments and leaders that facilitate and enable the exploitation and undermining of our people and endanger the future of our children.

“Tragically, some individuals engaging in acts of violence and terrorism have aggravated the state of insecurity in our sub-region. We therefore call on all to never tire of denouncing and rooting such evils among us.

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