The Catholic Church continues to insist that government has a constitutional and statutory duty of protecting human rights and securing basic justice for all
sins, to retreat from our evil ways, and to amend our personal and corporate lives (Matthew 6:1-8; 16-18). Prominent in the Season of Lent is the demand for more intense prayer, and fasting not only from food and drink but also from the evils that destroy human and social life. In the spirit of the season, we continue to pray as we say: God our Father, grant us the wisdom to identify what is good and the courage to make the right choices. As we keep our eyes open and our minds alert, inspire in us the will to vote solely for the common good of our nation; fill our electoral umpires with the spirit of patriotism, justice, and fairness; enable us to embrace and usher in a new dawn in our country Nigeria, where citizens’ participation becomes the hallmark of institutional accountability and economic emancipation. We pray God to bless us with leaders with integrity and nobility while we hope and work for a brighter, more peaceful, and prosperous Nigeria. Mother Mary, Queen of Nigeria, intercede for us. Amen.
Most Rev. Lucius Iwejuru UGORJI
Archbishop of Owerri
Most Rev. Donatus A. OGUN, OSA
Bishop of Uromi