Nigeria: Christians denounce foreign aid agencies
The Catholic bishops of Nigeria voiced approval of the denial by the senate to allow same-sex unions.
"It is deeply disappointing that Nigeria is blessed by an abundance of resources that do not reflect the lives of its children", said a statement released by the Catholic bishops of Nigeria following the end of their second general assembly for 2013. "The fraudulent use of public money deprives citizens of basic services such as quality education, adequate health care, decent roads, continuous supply of electricity, drinking water, etc... "
Moreover, said the statement, "The cost of governance is correspondingly high, compared to the funds allocated for the development of infrastructure and provision of services".
The bishops also expressed concern about "the continuous attempts by foreign agencies to introduce unhealthy values in our society in their campaigns for abortion, condom distribution and promotion of homosexual unions".
"We condemn these actions. We launch an appeal to the good people of Nigeria so that they also reject these attempts, otherwise we risk losing our faith, our identity and our culture of self-love", said the bishops. The assembly of bishops also voiced approval for a recent vote by Nigeria's senate that rejected a bill the would have allowed same-sex marriage.
The bishops' document also emphasizes the opposition of the Catholic Church to the death penalty, while it defends human life from conception to natural death.
Regarding the ongoing conflict between the Nigerian government and the Muslim terrorists known as Boko Haram, the bishops congratulated the government for "daring actions" taken to reduce the number and gravity of terrorist attack, especially in the states of Adamawa, Borno Yobe, where a state of emergency was declared. The document , however, denounces the existence of other forms of crime (kidnapping, armed robbery) and the circulation of illegal weapons, as further threats to the stability and security of the nation.
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