The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria has condemned the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa where many non-nationals including Nigerians lost their lives and properties.
The Catholic Bishops made their views known in a communique issued on Thursday, September 19, 2019, at the end of the Second Plenary Meeting of the bishops held in Abeokuta.
The Bishops also condemned the unfortunate reprisal attacks on perceived South African investments in some parts of Nigeria, adding that it was not the best way to handle the issue.
They commended the South African Catholic Bishops’ Conference for being prophetic in their condemnation of the attack and urged the government to take decisive steps to end it.
It stated: “We pray for peaceful repose of those who lost their lives and sympathised with those who have suffered bereaved, injuries and heavy losses.
“We draw the attention of all nations to Deuteronomy 10:18. He (God) defends the cause of the fatherless and the widow and loves the foreigner among you, give them food and clothing .
“At the same time we note that South Africa and Nigeria have come a long way in fraternal and diplomatic relations. We advise Nigerians living at home and abroad to be good and law abiding.”