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And the Church spoke with one voice

By Msgr Gabriel Osu

The peaceful protest was simultaneous across the country. Millions of faithful led by their bishops and clergy came out in solidarity to mourn their departed brothers and sisters in faith and to send a clear message to the perpetrators; enough is enough.

I am talking about the recent solidarity rally embarked upon by Catholics from across the archdiocese and dioceses of Nigeria. Such a huge crowd of protesters was unprecedented.

It was first of its kind in this part of the world. It is reminiscent of the Arab spring that brought down some governments in North Africa. The difference is that this was not political in nature. It was not meant to bring down any government. It was a peaceful protest by a peace loving people, expressing their deep dissatisfaction over the nagging insecurity problem in the country.

No life was lost in the protest; no injury recorded. There was no hostility or clash involving them and the law enforcement agents.

Decorum was the order of the day.

The organized manner the peaceful protests were conducted across the country speaks volume of the administrative prowess of the Catholic Church, unarguably one of the most organized human institutions in the universe. The Church does not just rush into issues. She takes her time and gives enough allowance for dialogue and consultation. And when she eventually speaks and acts, one cannot mistake the message.

It is one of soberness and regrets; a call for re-addressing the imbalances that are gulping innocent lives in the land. The contents of the placards were self-explanatory: No to killings; Enough is enough; Human life is valuable, stop the killings; End the Massacre of Nigerians, etc.

not dabble into politics, but don’t take them for granted. With the election year just about the corner, their voices and opinions are going to be very germane.

May the souls of the 19 Martyrs who were buried last Tuesday, and those of other faithful departed, through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.


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