Killing in Nigeria: Cardinal Onaiyekan initiates protest for ‘positive change’

Killing in Nigeria: Cardinal Onaiyekan initiates protest for ‘positive change’

Cardinal John Onaiyekan, Archbishop of Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, has called for a protest today, Tuesday by Catholic faithfuls in Abuja over the state of Nigeria.

A statement he signed on Monday explained that the march was to specifically express disgust at the ongoing killings across the nation.

The cleric added that the protest seeks to send a message about “positive change”.

He said: “Because of the barbaric killing of human beings in Nigeria, and erosion of the perception of life as sacred and in union with the Diocese of Makurdi, we want to express our deepest displeasure over the ugly happenings in our country and pray for the nation.

“Theme: ‘Peaceful March and Prayer for Nigeria’. There will be mass, rosary procession, address to local and international media and benediction,” Onaiyekan said.

According to him, the starting point is the National Christian Centre (Ecumenical Centre) by 10am while termination point is the Our Lady Queen of Nigeria Pro-Cathedral, Garki, Abuja.

He said while the priests will all be in cassocks, others will come in their parish or group uniforms or black attire and that priests should also take note that white is the colour of vestment for mass.

“Trouble makers should please keep-off. I want this march and prayer to be peaceful from the beginning to the end and to send a powerful message to the government of our country and the rest of the world for positive change,” he said.

Onaiyekan, Veloxnews gathered, will deliver the sermon at today’s funeral mass of the 2 priests and 17 other parishioners killed in Benue by herdsmen.

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