1. The Protest of the Bishops
Unlike other peaceful protests that were organized by Nigerian Catholics in the past, this one was the Bishops own protest. The circumstances speak a lot. It was scheduled to take place while the Bishops were on their first 2020 plane ray session. The Archbishop himself stated “we the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria and with significant support (and not together with) of priests, consecrated persons and our beloved lay faithful embark on a peaceful protest against the high level of insecurity in every part of Nigeria.”
2. 2. A protest against the Killing of all Nigerians
3. 3. protest to task the Government to own up to her failures
The present government seduced Nigerians with their progressive manifestos as against pseudo democratic manifestos we have always seen in the past. The president claimed to have an answer to everything retarding our progress as a Nation.
But after a full mandate, it became certain that the regime misunderstood the situation of the country. All their promises seem to have been better thought than executed. And ashamed to own up to their failure, they have resorted to sophism. They play on words just to dissimulate their failure. And in his remarks, the Archbishop reminded the regime that what Nigerians want is action not speeches. He made it clear that facts on the ground proved all their claims to be totally wrong. He then urged the government to own up to its weakness and if possible, ask for an external aid to tackle our security and corruption problems.
4. A protest to remind the Government of her vows to the entire nation
One thing that has always been reproached to the present Nigerian president is either being consciously sectarian or ignoring its existence. On individual levels, many Bishops have condemned it in the past, but this is the first time the CBCN is condemning it as a body. They made the condemnation as their prophetic role.
“We pray daily for the Government you lead to bring Nigerians together and make every Nigerian feel that they are equal in the country irrespective of their ethnic or religious background.”