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Collaboration for peaceful coexistence, cleric calls on organisations

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 Collaboration for peaceful coexistence cleric calls on organisations
Collaboration for peaceful coexistence, cleric calls on organisations

1 Rev. Fr. Stephen Akpe, a priest of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos, has called on local and international organisations to intensify at training and retraining of community members on interfaith collaboration for peaceful coexistence.

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Akpe, who is an Assistant Coordinator, Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC) of the archdiocese, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Jos.

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He called on government at all levels to rise to the occasion of sensitising the public to the importance of living in harmony to stop attacks.

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The cleric, who likened the current attacks to the persecution Jesus faced, maintained that the apostles of Jesus also encountered serious persecution in their days.

Akpe further debunked insinuations making the rounds that the ostentation lifestyles of most priests could make them preys to kidnappers and other criminals.


“I have spent more than 12 years in social works, so I am speaking from an informed perspective.


“I am not sure it is the lifestyle of the priest that is attracting these criminals to them, because when you look at the priests who were either kidnapped and released or killed, they are largely in the villages.


“These priests don’t drive flashy cars, live in mansions or even flaunt wealth around.

They live a moderate lifestyle just like any other average Nigerian.


“To the best of my ability, the lifestyle of a priest is moderate because the bishops are there to regulate our behaviours,” he said.


Akpe, however,  urged his colleagues who flaunt wealth around or live above their means to change.


Akpe maintained that priests had become soft targets for the enemies because they always speak against evil and stands for the truth at all times.


Akpe advised religious leaders to desist from giving inciting sermons and comments, adding that such would also curtail incidences of violent conflicts in the communities.(

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