Catholic Bishops oppose licensing of Churches, advocate end to killings

By Sunny A. David

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province has kicked against the proposed annual licensing of churches by the Federal government.

The Federal Government had recently proposed the registration of churches for an annual fee for every marriage celebration and issuance of marriage certificate.

Addressing a news conference in Ado Ekiti after a meeting of the Bishops, President Catholic Bishops Conference of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province Most Reverend Gabriel Leke Abegunrin urged the Federal government to have a second look at such decision.

According to him, contemporary circumstances in Nigeria demand that government approach religious matters with utmost caution so as not to be considered partisan and partial on national issues.

Speaking on security, the Most Reverend Abegunrin expressed displeasure over the increasing rate of kidnapping, killings and robbery without any possible solution in sight to end the dastardly acts.

“The lack of a clear pattern of punishing crimes and commitment to the protection of life and property on the part of Federal Government and security agencies have left many Nigerians living in fear from day to day,” he said.

The Bishops however stressed the need for government to promote the traditional human family as a means of reforming the society.

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