SECAM PRAYS FOR FREE AND FAIR ELECTIONS IN NIGERIA
The Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), has sent a goodwill message to the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Nigeria, in view of the forthcoming general elections. In the letter dated 16th February, 2023, and duly signed by Fridolin Cardinal Ambongo, the Archbishop of Kinshasa and the President the Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar, the Bishops of Africa and Madagascar emphasized their solidarity with Nigeria. The message reads thus,
“I send you cordial greetings from the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) in Accra, Ghana.
It is on behalf of SECAM that I send you this message of solidarity and goodwill as your country holds national and general elections in the months of February and March 2023. Nigeria occupies a position of prominent leadership and promise in the African Continent and has the prospects of even greater things in the future. For these reasons, SECAM prays and hopes that the elections will be free and fair and produce leaders who will lead Nigeria with justice and integrity.
In recognition of the prophetic role which your Conference has played thus far in the history of Nigeria, we assure you of our solidarity and prayers.
May Mary, the Queen of Africa, intercede for your dear country at this great moment in history.”
This message from SECAM is coming at an auspicious moment, as the Nigerian Catholic Bishops just rose from their First Plenary Meeting held in the nation’s capital, Abuja, where they centered their communique on the Citizens’ Participation in Good Governance in Nigeria, in which among other things they touched on the indices of good governance, some challenges facing the country, the citizens’ participation and good choices, the 2023 general elections, and the role of the media in good governance.