Catholic bishops under the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) have appealed to foreign forces to join the fray against the frightening upsurge of insecurity engulfing the African continent.
SECAM bemoaned the rising spate of kidnapping, sectarian war, banditry, herders-farmers clashes, terrorism, and other unrests in the continent, saying partnering with foreign forces will be of immense benefit in halting the orgy of killings of innocent souls.
This was part of the resolutions reached after the 19th Assembly Plenary of the episcopal body held recently in Accra, Ghana.
The resolution made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti by the Catholic Bishop of Ekiti, Most Rev Felix Ajakaye, on Thursday, lamented that several regions of Africa are experiencing unwarranted killings due to poverty and economic deprivation.
The Bishops stated that poor handling of the economy and weaponisation of religion for political gains were also responsible for the violence rocking the African nation.
The clerics said: “Several regions of our continent are experiencing insecurity due to socio-political instability, violence, poverty, weak health structures, insurgency, terrorism, exploitation of religion for political purposes, and lack of respect for the environment and good governance.
“These situations are causes of anxiety for our people. This is why we are sending a message to all people of goodwill to help put an end to them.
“The social and political…