27th June, 2012
By Folarin Ademosun
Catholic bishops in Nigeria have decried the dire security situation in the country following the persistent bomb and gun attacks, which have killed hundreds of people in the north.
The clergymen, in a communiqué issued at the end of the ‘Catholic Bishops Conference’ held recently, condemned the seeming unhindered killings, particularly ofç.
They noted that the situation has put grave stress on the already fragile mutual relationship between Christian and Muslim communities in the country.
While deprecating reprisal attacks by Christians, the bishops challenged Muslim leaders on the need to take “concrete and pro-active” action that will call the perpetrators of the mayhem to order.
They also reminded the Federal Government of its responsibility to ensure security of life and property of citizens and prayed for the repose of the souls security operatives who died in the course of reining in the sect.
They called on Christians to engage in fervent prayers against the imminent danger that stares the nation in the face.
The bishops’ warning is coming shortly after Pope Benedict XVI, last Wednesday, called for an immediate end to the killing and for a collaborative effort to prevent revenge.