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Bishops condemn killing of Catholic priest in Niger



Fr. Achi

CATHOLIC Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have lamented the killing of Rev. Fr. Isaac Achi of the Catholic Diocese of Minna, who was burnt to death by suspected terrorists on Sunday.

  Also, the leaders in the province expressed unhappiness at the kidnap of Rev.   Fr. Michael Olofinlade, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Ekiti, who was abducted last week.

  Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province comprises of Ibadan Archdiocese, Ilorin, Ondo, Ekiti, Oyo and Osogbo Dioceses.

   Reading the communique after their meeting in Ibadan to journalists on   Tuesday, on behalf of other bishops, the Archbishop of Ibadan Catholic Archdiocese and president of the province, Most Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin, described the security in the zone in particular and in the country in general as an ill wind that blows no good, especially in view of the forth coming general elections.

  The bishops in the communique called on government to bolster existing security measures to safeguard life and property, add new technology and apprehend criminals who indulge in these activities in the zone and all over the country.

  “Nigerians have a right to enjoy free and safe movement wherever they live and go, and it is the sacred duty of government to make this possible. To the government at all levels, we say it is never too late to do the right thing because adequate security of life will have an impact on the integrity of the forthcoming elections,” Abegunrin said.

  The religious leaders reaffirmed their commendation to the Southwest governors for setting up and sustaining the Amotekun Corps in the zone.

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On the forth coming election, the Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province called on eligible Nigerians to secure their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVC) and vote during the elections according to their conscience, without fear, in order to secure their future and that of their children.

  According to them, they identify with the suffering and pains of all Nigerians and also share in their aspirations and yearnings to have new leaders who will be true patriot and servants of the people, responsive to the security and welfare needs of all Nigerians without discrimination.

  While exhorting all politicians and electoral umpires from the federal to the grassroots levels to ensure nobility and fairness in their speech and actions towards free, fair and peaceful elections in February, the bishops encouraged youths working towards a peaceful election to persevere.

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