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By: Mayen Etim
KADUNA, North-West, Nigeria – Following the directive of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, (CBCN), hundreds of thousands of faithful on Tuesday, May 22, 2018, stormed major streets in Kaduna State, temporarily paralyzing businesses within the metropolitan city.
The Catholic faithful who took off from Saint Augustine Catholic Church, Mahuta in Chikun Local Government Area of the state were orderly wearing black attires which signifies mourning.
Addressing the protesters, Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna Diocese, Most Reverend Matthew Man’oso Ndagoso, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to wake up to his responsibility of protecting Nigerians irrespective of creed, tribe or political affiliations.
According to him, the government must guarantee safety of life and property of every Nigerian everywhere at all times, saying there is too much bloodshed in the land, life is sacred and must be cherished and protected by all means.
Archbishop Ndagoso who was represented by Reverend Father Bulus Lucas said beyond the violence in the land, there is also violence in the hearts of the people amounting to hostility, hatred, despair and indifference.
“Our social fabric is being torn apart by a culture of violence that leaves children dead on our streets and families afraid in our homes.
“Our society seems to be growing numb to human loss and suffering. We can turn away from violence; we can build communities of greater peace. It begins with a clear conviction and respect for life.
“Who will deny the fact that our families are torn by violence? Our communities are destroyed by violence. Even our faith is tested by violence? We have an obligation to respond. Violence – in our homes, our schools and streets, our nation and world – is destroying the lives, dignity and hopes of millions of our sisters and brothers turning many into widows and orphans refugees in our land. Fear of violence is paralyzing and polarizing our communities.
“The Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all the principles of our social teaching.
“Every person is precious and people are more important than things, and the measure of every institution is whether it threatens or enhances the life and dignity of the human person,” he said.
In his remarks, representative of the Emir of Zazzau, the District Head of Barnawa, Mallam Kabiru Zubairu prayed that as the Muslims embark on the Ramadan period, Allah will grant peace to Kaduna State, Nigeria and the world at large.
Similarly, representative of Sa Gbagyi, Honourable Lawrence Dogo, urged all to continue praying for God’s intervention to end the mayhem