NIGERIA: Protect Lives at all Cost, Catholic Bishops urge Government

IBADAN FEBRUARY 16, 2018 (CISA) – The Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have urged the Federal Government of Nigeria to protect all human lives at all costs to avoid disintegration and destruction of the society.

“The government is supposed to serve the people and everything done by the government must be of benefit to the people, which includes protecting their lives,” Bishop Badejo of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo  said.

Bishop Badejo made this call at a public presentation of two books on February 15 at the John Paul II Centre, University of Ibadan. The books are entitled: “A Catechism on Human Life: From Conception to Natural Death and A Catechism on Marriage and The Family: The Teachings of the Catholic Church.”

Bishop Badejo said that where basic human lives were concerned, the government should be accountable and had the responsibility to protect lives irrespective of ethnicity, religion and ideology.

“Government must do this not to favour anybody, any institution or personality at the expense of people’s lives,” said Bishop Badejo who represented bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical province which comprises of Ibadan Archdiocese, Osogbo, Oyo, Ekiti, Ondo and Illorin Dioceses.

Bishop Badejo stated that every human life that is lost “is blood crying out to God for vengeance” and this can mean the destruction of a society, and that the country suffers from daily sights of killings of adults, babies and pregnant women.

“Human life is becoming less valuable and any society that tolerates that is on the death row. In Nigeria we don’t want to be on the death row. The basic duty of government is to protect human lives, all other things fade into insignificance,” he said.