Nowhere safe in Nigeria again, blood soaked country – Catholic Bishops –

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria said the country was soaked in blood and there was no safe place left.

CBCN Chairman, Bishop Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji sounded the alarm on Wednesday in Owerri, Imo State.

Ugorji spoke at the Golden Jubilee celebration of the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Owerri, Archbishop Anthony JV Obinna.

He said, “Nigeria is bleeding.

“Our land is soaked in blood.

“From north to south, from east to west, the blood flows like a river.

“Nigerians now live in fear and anxiety as a dark cloud of uncertainty hangs over the nation.

“Nowhere is safe.

“Our homes, our highways, our institutions of learning and even our sacred precincts of worship centers are all dangerous.

“Why has our country become so precarious when we have a government responsible for defending the life and property of everyone?

“Why has life become so cheap and so short in Nigeria?

“Why should the people who slaughter unarmed, law-abiding citizens in our communities be allowed to remain unscathed?

“As we celebrate here today (yesterday), my heart returns to the bloody scene at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo State, where many unarmed worshippers, including couples, women , small children and infants, were horribly murdered and many others brutally wounded on Pentecost Sunday.

“We continue to pray for the happy rest of the dead, the speedy recovery of the injured, and the comfort of the bereaved.

“The killing of innocent worshipers is outrageous, sacrilegious, condemnable and totally unacceptable.

“It has become clear that our country is under siege by Fulani militiamen, disguised as shepherds.

“A few weeks ago it was the ruthless murder of Deborah and the ruthless attack on the churches of Sokoto.

“Recently was the kidnapping of the prelate of the Methodist Church in Nigeria, who later revealed that he and his two fellow travelers had been abducted by armed Fulani, with the active complicity of the military.

“And last Sunday the story was the bloody attack on Owo Church.

“We have watched with dismay the recent cash-and-carry primaries in various political parties, primaries characterized by greed, corruption, manipulation and exclusion.

“To say the least, what happened in some of these primaries was disheartening and shameful.

“Since true leadership is selfless service, involving enormous sacrifice, people trying to bribe their way to power must have questionable ulterior motives.

“We must unite to say no to the politics of money, terrorism, kidnappings and corruption in our country.

“An effective way to do this is to exercise our right to vote in general elections, by going to the polls.

“We must therefore avoid apathy and indifference and unite to elect only credible candidates with character, skills and ability; proven candidates who are known for placing the common good above their private and selfish interests.

Imo State Deputy Governor Prof Placid Njoku said what is unique about Archbishop Obinna is that he is a man you cannot miss in a crowd .

Njoku said, “He speaks truth to power and he did so religiously and relentlessly.

“IMO people, especially those in the halls of power, know that fear of Archbishop Anthony JV Obinna is the beginning of wisdom.

“He knows how to make sense of words.”

In response, Obinna congratulated everyone who helped make the celebration a huge success.

He said, “If there’s anything you heard that I said or did, it’s by the special grace of God.”

I realize that I may not have met everyone’s expectations, but please continue to pray for me.

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