A Message of Hope amidst the Killings in the Wake of #EndSARS and #EndPoliceBrutality Protest from the Conference of Major Superiors of Nigeria

October 21, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,

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It is with deep pain in our hearts and in solidarity with our suffering youth and Nigerians in general at the wake of #EndSARS and #EndPoliceBrutality Protest that we, the Joint Conference of Major Superiors of Nigeria strongly condemn the killing of our innocent youth who expressed their legitimate needs through a peaceful protest.

While we appreciate the heroic cry for justice by our youth, we encourage all to keep faith and never give up hope. We encourage our youth to remain peaceful and shun violence. We lend our voice to that of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) and Nigerians all over the world to call on our government to patiently listen to the legitimate cry of our youth and all Nigerians; to uphold the Fundamental Human Rights of the Citizens of this Country; to ensure that the killing of innocent people be stopped and justice granted to families of victims; to ensure security of life and property at all levels in our country Nigeria; to provide social amenities, quality education and employment for our youth; to make life affordable for all and put an end to corruption and brutality at all levels in our country.

We feel the pains of the people we are called to serve, bearing in mind that, "Any man's death diminishes us" (John Donne) and so the sporadic killing of our youth and indeed any Nigerian, diminishes us, our country and our world. We are heartbroken at this turn of events and we deeply condole with families of the victims of the various killings during this EndSARS protest.

We call on our government to engage in peaceful dialogue with our youth for their needs and those of all Nigerians.

May the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Queen of Nigeria, intercede for us. Amen.

Yours sincerely in Jesus and Mary,

Very Rev. Fr. Simeon Nwobi, CMF
Conference of Major Superiors of Nigeria (Men)

Mother Mary Claude Oguh, IHMF
Nigeria Conference of Women Religious