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Ash Wednesday: Catholics to wear black attires to protest killings in Nigeria

- The Catholic church has learnt its voice to the increasing rate of kidnappings and killings which have been a source of worry for many

- Catholics in Nigeria have concluded plans to come out on Ash Wednesday, February 26, in all black attires

- The aim is to show their grievances over the killings and insecurity ravaging the country

As Nigeria continues to grapple with security, Catholics acros the country have decided to don black attires on Ash Wednesday.

This move is a sign of mourning and solidarity with the victims of kidnapping and other violent crimes in the country.

Premium Times reports that the Catholics Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) released a statement which will be read at masses across Catholic churches on Wednesday, February 26.

In the statement signed by the president and secretary of CBCN, Augustine Akubeze and Camillus Umoh, the church said it is aware of its moral responsibility, while also calling on the government to live up to its responsibility of protecting Nigerians.

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Insecurity: Nigerian catholics to dress in black attires on Ash Wednesday

The Catholic church is mourning all those who have been victims of the most recent wave of violence against Christians.
Source: Facebook

The church urged the international community to lend a helping hand to the Nigerian government in the fight against evil doers who are bent on destabilising the country.

Th Catholic church decried the repeated executions of Christians by the Boko Haram insurgents, kidnappings and other criminal activities that have left Nigerians traumatised.

That the perpetrators of these heinous crimes make public shows off them on social media and Nigerians do not hear of any arrests or prosecution of the criminals raises very serious questions about the ability and willingness of the government to protect the lives of ordinary Nigerians,” read the statement.

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See a copy of the statement below:

Insecurity: Nigerian catholics to wear black on Ash Wednesday

The Catolic church is not happy with the repeated barbaric executions of Christians by the Boko Haram insurgents. Photo Credit: Premium Times
Source: UGC

Insecurity: Nigerian catholics to wear black on Ash Wednesday

The statement was signed by Augustine Akubeze and Camillus Umoh, president and secretary of CBCN respectively. Photo Credit: Premium Times
Source: UGC

This is coming few weeks after the Christian Association of Nigeria held a prayer walk to draw government's attention to the spate of killings and kidnappings in the country.

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Recall that popular clergyman Pastor Adeboye joined Nigerians to call the government's attention to the situation. He joined the members of his church in a prayer walk against insecurity in Nigeria.

The man of God was donned in a green suit, which is the colour of the Nigerian flag. He had a placard with the inscription, "All souls are precious to God".

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