Ado Ekiti—THE Catholic Bishops Conference of Ibadan Ecclesiastical province, has kicked against the alleged move by the Minister of Health, Prof Isaac Adewole, in collaboration with foreign organizations, to encourage abortion by increasing the culture of contraception among Nigerian women, describing it as an anti-life policy.
The Bishops also called on political parties participating in Edo and Ondo governorship polls to desist from violence and work in tandem with the guidelines stipulated by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to avert anarchy. The clerics urged INEC to be fair and allow the people to elect candidates of their choices without hindrances in Edo and Ondo governorship polls.
They also lauded President Muhammadu Buhari’s efforts at ridding the country of corruption and for exposing corrupt Nigerians in his anti-graft war, advising that the president must institutionalize the fight for it to outlast his administration and become deeply entrenched in the system.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the 3-day second plenary meeting of the province held in Akure, Ondo State on Wednesday, the clerics “condemned the recent move by the Minister of Health, Prof Adewole in collaboration with the foreign agencies to commit the federal government to increasing the culture of contraception and subsequently, abortion among our people.”
The communiqué signed by its President and Archbishop of Ibadan, Gabriel Abegunrin and Secretary, Bishop Felix Ajakaye noted that “the policy is being done all in the name of providing better maternal health and empowering our people.” The communiqué reads: “We see such moves as deceptive to our people and harmful to moral values and we ask Nigerians to reject them.”