Why Catholics In West Africa Will Wear Black Clothings As Lent Begins Today

By Ernest Nzor

Abuja (Precise Post) – Catholic faithfuls in the West African country has resolved to have all Catholics demonstrate their solidarity with the victims of kidnappings and murder by organizing a prayer protest and wearing black at the start of the Lenten Season on February 26th.

Recall that Nigeria has borne the brunt of armed militants that have been orchestrating murders and kidnappings that seemed to have targeted Christians including priests, seminarians and the lay faithful.

In a statement signed by the secretary-general of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), Fr. Zacharia Nyantiso Samjumi, to mark the beginning of 2020 Lenten season in Nigeria, he said that without security, there can’t be peace and without peace there wouldn’t be development or national growth.

The statement read in part: “I have been directed by the administrative Board of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) to communicate to you that in the face of the current security situation, the church needs to speak out in word and action against the level of insecurity in the country.

“On Ash Wednesday, 26 February 2020, all Catholics in solidarity with the many kidnapped and killed persons, should stage a protest wearing black, and that all the dioceses in Africa’s most populous nation are expected to organize a prayer protest”.

“On Sunday 1st of March, there shall be no evening Mass in our City Parishes. That evening, we shall have a peaceful prayer protest against the incessant killings and insecurity in our country,” it added.

According to the Bishops message signed by CBCN President, Archbishop Augustine Akubeze and Secretary, Archbishop Camillus Umoh, “The level of insecurity in Nigeria today is such that whether at home or on the road, most Nigerians, in all the parts of the country live in fear.

Adding that the repeated barbaric executions of Christians by the Boko Haram insurgents and the incessant cases of kidnapping for ransom linked to the same group and other terrorists have traumatized many citizens.

Bishops also, appealed to the international community to come to the aid of the Nigerian government in the fight against these daredevil terrorists, who want to graze the country and government, to immediately put a stop to this unprecedented wave of violence and brutality aimed particularly at Christians.

“We also call for the arrest and prosecution of all those behind these senseless killings that sow the dangerous seeds of hate and distrust among the various segments of the Nigerian society”. (Leadership).

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