The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has condemned the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa in which many non – nationals including Nigerians lost their lives and properties.
The catholic bishops gave the condemnation in a communique issued on Thursday at the end of the Second Plenary Meeting of CBCN held in Abeokuta .
OgunToday reports that the communique was signed by the President and Secretary of CBCN, Most. Rev. Augustine Akubeze and Most. Rev. Camillus Umoh respectively.
The catholic bishops also condemned the unfortunate reprisal attacks on perceived South Africa investments in some parts of Nigeria, adding that it wasn’t the best way to handle the issue.
CBCN commended the South African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) for being prophetic in their condemnation of the attack and urging the government to take decisive steps to end it.
“We pray for peaceful repose of those who lost their lives and sympathised with those who have suffered bereaved, injuries and heavy losses.
“We draw the attention of all nation to Deuteronomy 10:18 “He defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and loves the foreigner among you , give them food and clothing “.
“At the same time we note that South Africa and Nigeria have come a long way in fraternal and diplomatic relations. We advise Nigerians living at home and abroad to be good and law abiding, “CBCN said.
On security, the catholic bishops urged the Federal Government to still do more in the fight against insecurity.
“We reiterate that without adequate security of lives and property, there could be no stability and enabling environment for meaningful development.
“We urge government at all levels to provide the enabling environment that would make it possible for both the government and the private sector to create job opportunities for our teeming youths.
“This will certainly minimise the menace of insecurity in our land, ” the communique stated.
OgunToday reports that the conference which converged the presence of all Catholic bishops in Nigeria in Abeokuta addressed the state of the nation among other pertinent issues affecting the Catholic Church and the country at large.