Catholic Bishops Conference of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province has condemned the alleged subtle plan by the Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, in collaboration with foreign organisations to increase the culture of contraception among Nigerian women, describing it as anti-life policy.
The bishops also warned political parties participating in Edo and Ondo governorship polls to desist from violence and align with the guidelines stipulated by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to avert anarchy in the system.
They praised President Muhammadu Buhari for exposing corrupt Nigerians in his anti-graft war, advising that he must institutionalise the fight for it to outlive his administration and become deeply entrenched in the system.
In a communique issued at the end of a three-day second plenary meeting of the province held in Akure, Ondo State, yesterday, “ they condemned the recent move by the minister of health in collaboration with foreign agencies to commit the federal government to increase the culture of contraception and subsequently, abortion among our people”.
The communiqué signed by its President and Archbishop of Ibadan, Gabriel Abegunrin, and Secretary, who also doubles as the Catholic Bishop of Ekiti State, Felix Ajakaye, added that “the policy is being done in the name of providing better maternal health and empowering our people.
“We see such moves as deceptive to our people and harmful to moral values and we ask Nigerians to reject them. Our youths and women need better power supply, potable water, good roads, better health and educational institutions more than these contraceptives. Our country must reject this relentless offer of anti-life incentives under the guise of foreign aid in order not to destroy our beautiful culture,” they advised.
The clerics urged INEC to be fair and allow the people to elect candidates of their choice without hindrances in the Edo and Ondo governorship polls.
“As elections in Ondo and Edo States draw near, we urge all who will contest to commit themselves to non-violence and fair play. Our country by now has some years of democratic experience and so must be seen to be gaining positively from the experience. We urge the electoral umpire to be truly independent and fair. Since democracy is fundamentally about the people, we call on all our people to stand up for what is good and beneficial for common good. Let everyone vote according to his/her conscience and shun corrupt practices for the sake of our dear country.’’
While lauding Buhari’s anti-graft war, the bishops appealed to states and local governments to join the fray and to increase the tentacle of the fight to the grassroots.
They canvassed for the return of Catholic schools under the care of governments in the province, so that they can effectively manage them and ensure moral rehabilitation of teachers, pupils and other stakeholders, a measure which they described as long overdue.

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