By SAM EYOBOKA & OLAYINKA LATONA

LAGOS – CATHOLIC Archbishop of Lagos Metropolitan See, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, yesterday, condemned violent protests in parts of the North, urging the rioting youths to sheathe their swords and give peace a chance.

Okogie said in a statement signed by the Director, Social Communications, Lagos Archdiocese, Rev. Msgr. Gabriel Osu, that life lost, those maimed and property running into millions of naira cannot be retrieved, stressing that it was “mindless uprising and violence which serves no one any good”.

He added: “Those aggrieved by the outcome of the presidential elections ought to show restraint that they ought to have waited for the party involved to make a pronouncement.”

Cardinal Okogie who described the violence as unwarranted, said the  destruction was too much, adding that the party leaders had not clarified the matter, nor called on the rampaging youths to sheathe their swords.

While calling on leaders of the political parities to show maturity in their pronouncements, Okogie urged Nigerians to be alert, saying that this is a “sensitive time” when people should be cautious and vigilante.

He added: “The security agencies in Nigeria should nip the riots in the bud today. We have Boko Haram, tomorrow you have the militants…its rather becoming too much…the security agents should be proactive and be extra-vigilant at this time of our nation’s history.”Give peace a chance,

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