The Catholic Bishop of Orlu, Most Rev Augustine Ukwuoma has condemned in strong terms, the high level of insecurity ranging from killings, kidnappings and destructions of public and private property taking place in some parts of Orlu and its environs. Bishop Ukwuoma made his feelings known while issuing directives to Christ’s faithful on the state of insecurity in Orlu with the caption ‘shed no blood and do not be afraid’.
“I have had cause to speak out and condemn the incessant and unprecedented bloodletting and loss of value for human life, with my two previous appeals”. He said that the situation has grown from bad to worse with no sign of abatement, adding that Orlu Zone is now in the news for very insidious and negative reasons and people are petrified to the highest level, while the danger ember is in its highest peak of alert.”
According to the Bishop, the church as the mother and teacher cannot fold her arms while God’s people and indeed humanity feel highly unsafe and suffer danger of lives and properties which invariably affect their eternal salvation. The bishop directed that starting from October 1, parishes, chaplaincies and all groups of Christ’s faithful are exhorted to organize Rosary prayers and benedictions, adding that this year’s prayers will be approached with desperation and cry for God’s help. He said that traders in markets, welders, electricians, Okada and Keke operators are to organize and pray for peace. Families and individuals are exhorted to organize family Rosary prayers and other supplications for peace in Orlu and beyond.
“At all Masses, intentions should include God’s intervention and restoration of peace and security in Orlu”. He added that every Friday of October and beyond should be observed as days of fasting, abstinence and atonement for God’s intervention in our soci o-politi cal and economic problems. He reiterated his earlier appeal to both the state security actors and the known/ unknown gunmen to respect and protect life for it belongs to God, shed no more blood and work towards unity and peaceful co-existence.
Bishop Ukwuoma maintained that dialogue and compromise remain the best option towards our common good. The local ordinary further commiserated with those who lost their loved ones. H e adv i sed p ol it icians, religious and community leaders to remember th eir pr imary responsibility to work for peace andprotect lives andproperties.