By Dennis Udoma, Uyo
Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), are intensifying efforts to stage a Mother – of – All protests in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory on Ash Wednesday February 26, 2020 a head of the conference from March 1st to 6th, 2020.
The peaceful protest will be aimed at drawing the attention of the federal authorities in Nigeria, to the plights of Nigerians and others, who have been persecuted through sustained kidnapping, Herders – farmers’ clashes and premeditated murders amongst others for sometimes now.
According to the Chancellor, Archdiocese of Benin City, Re. Fr. Mike Oyanoafoh, all Catholics in other Diocese in the country are expected to observe abstinence and fasting, as well as wear black clothing’s/black arm band in mourning the victims of kidnapping, banditry and incessant killings going on in the country.
All the bishops will lead the march with priests, the religious and the Catholic faithful.
A statement by the Chancellor, Rev. Fr. Oyanoafoh of Benin Archdiocese reads;
“Dear Frs, Sisters and our beloved lay Faithful, I am directed by the Archbishop to inform you of the new dimension to the proposed peaceful protest March planned for Ash Wednesday Feb 26, 2020 by the Catholic Bishops’ conference of Nigeria.
“The peaceful protest march will take place but only in Abuja during the Catholic Bishops conference of Nigeria gathering between March 1 to March 6, 2020 where All the Bishops will lead the March with priests, religious and lay faithful of Abuja Archdiocese and those who can join them.
“However, Catholics in other dioceses in the country are expected to observe the abstinence and fasting on Ash Wednesday February 26, 2020, put on black clothing or wear a black arm band to signify that we are mourning all victims of kidnapping, banditry, and incessant killings of our people as well as registering our peaceful protest without a March.
The conference however, urged members and the faithful to pass on the information to all Catholics”.