Catholic Bishops affirm addressing injustice vital to sustainable peace
The Catholic Bishops have called on African leaders to address the issues of corruption, ethnocentrism, sectionalism and all forms of injustice to achieve sustainable peace on the continent.
The bishops from the 16 countries within the West African sub-region jointly denounced the policies and practices of African governments and leaders, saying that their policies facilitate and permit the exploitation of the people and endanger the future of continent’s children.
The Catholic Archbishop of Oyo Diocese, Most Rev Emmanuel Badejo, who read a communique issued at the end of the 4th General Assembly of the Reunion of Episcopal Conferences of West Africa (RECOWA), yesterday, lamented that the people are hungry, dehumanised and suffering, while the youths are exposed to life-threatening adventures on the high seas in their bid to discover greener pastures in Europe.
The communiqué observed that the government, religious organisations and traditional leaders have a moral and spiritual obligation to ensure that the present generation lives in peace and the future generation inherits an habitable West Africa region devoid of man-made calamity.
“We therefore, recognise the inherent dangers in our current society. We count greatly on the flickers of hope resonating in various spheres. We remain optimistic that none of the problems bedeviling our sub-region is insurmountable. However, we need to work together, with like minds in politics, religion, economics, social life and the media, in synergy to fight against all forms of man‘s inhumanity to man.
“We bishops, therefore, urge Christians and all people of good will in our sub-region to overcome various barriers, so as to reach out to others in need. We feel called to give stronger witness to our Christian values.”
The clerics, who urged religious leaders to pursue what promotes peace and mutual edification, noted that the theme of the Conference, “Fratelli Tutti: Path to Build Brotherhood and Sustainable Peace in West Africa”, called for true fraternity to eliminate all forms of tribalism and ethnocentrism that are eating deep into the fabrics of peace and love in the society.
They said there is need to address bad governance, build social friendships and bridges instead of erecting walls among human beings, tribes and political divides.