The Catholic Church is opposed to corruption, gay marriage and granting of amnesty to the Boko Haram sect, Director of Catholic Communications Commission, Catholic Diocese of Ilorin, Rev Fr. Pius Ogunyebi, has said.
He stated that gay marriage was against the scriptures and negated African values, adding that corruption was detrimental to national development.
Speaking in Ilorin on Saturday, at a media conference on the church’s Communication Week, titled, ‘Social networks: portals of truth and faith: new spaces for evangelism’, Ogunyebi said, “The feeling is that amnesty is not in any way acceptable. The question the Catholic Church will continue to ask is: By the time you grant amnesty to this group, how are we sure that another group will not come up tomorrow and ask for the same, all in the name that something must come to our own end too. The stand is that once you grant it to them what will happen to those they killed?”
He said that the Federal Government’s planned amnesty to the sect could encourage criminality by other dissidents or aggrieved groups.
He therefore urged the Federal, State and Local governments to provide infrastructure, jobs and enabling business environment for the people.
Also speaking at the event, Director of Religious Education Department, Catholic Diocese of Ilorin, Rev. Josephine Odorwike, said the church was saddened by the pain inflicted on its members by the Boko Haram sect.
“The Catholic Church is not happy about the bomb blasts. Most of them are targeted at the Catholic Church,” Odowike said.
“With this issue of amnesty, I now ask: what kind of government do we really have? I am totally against the amnesty the government is talking about.”