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May 26, 2018

Respect for human life has been discribed as the solution for stability and peace in Nigeria. This assertion was made by Rev. Fr. Bulus Karis Lukas, the Vicar General, Administration; for the Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna; during the solemn rally and procession for peace and against the incessant killings in all parts of the country, held at St Augustine Catholic Church, Mahuta-Kaduna.
Addressing the faithful at the well attended ceremony, Fr. Lukas informed that the Archdiocese was joining other Archdioceses and dioceses in the country in the procession programme on the directive of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) and in solidarity with Bishop, priests, religious and lay faithful of Makurdi Diocese, for the burial of Rev. Frs. Joseph Gor and Felix Tyolaha and 17 other lay faithful who were gruesomely murdered by Fulani herdsmen, while celebrating Morning Mass on April 24, 2018; at St Ignatius  Quasi Parish Church, Ukpor-Mbalom in the Gwer Local Government Area of Benue State.
The Vicar General spoke extensively on the issues of: violence in the land, in our the  hearts and the teachings of the Church; the value of human life in the African traditional society; value of human life in the Bible and Quran and the violence and killings in the country.
Emphasizing the sanctity of human life, Fr. Lukas noted that the “Catholic Church proclaims that human life is sacred and that the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society”. He however regretted that human life is under direct attack from abortion to herdsmen gruesome murder of innocent people. He added: “ The value of human life is being threatened by poverty, unemployment, lack of social amenities, corruption and bad government policies.
He noted that the rally was to ask government to wake up to its responsibility of protecting the life of every Nigerian, irrespective of creed, tribe or political affiliation. The Vicar General declared: “The Government must guarantee safety of life and property of every Nigerian, everywhere at all times. There is too much bloodshed in our land. Life is sacred and must be cherished and protected by all means.”
Fr. Lukas advocated justice as the panacea for peace noting that “the path to a more peaceful future is found in respect for human life and human dignity, and a recommitment to social justice|. Stressing that the best antidote to violence is hope, the Vicar General indicated that “people with a stake in society do not destroy communities.

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