Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Mass Condoms Distribution, Population Trick - Bishops

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) yesterday raised an alarm over the mass distribution of condoms by government agencies and foreign organisations, saying the gesture was a ploy to actualise 'population management' under the pretext of providing health care or reproductive health services to Nigerians.

CBCN Health Committee Chairman, Rev. Gabriel Dunia, raised the alarm in Abuja while speaking on the position of the church on family planning and maternal mortality reduction in Nigeria.

"In recent times the church is aware of the increase flurry of activities in different spheres and by many agencies of government and foreign organisations to achieve various objectives under the pretext of providing health care or reproductive health services to our citizens. Regrettably, Nigerians have been forced by poverty, illiteracy and corruption to grope for the basic necessities of life, leaving no opportunity to scrutinise the specious interest underpinning the health and population control intervention going on across the country.

"Nigeria is not over-populated. What we lack are visionary leaders with the moral compass to equitably distribute the abundant resources for the well being of every citizen," Dunia said.

Another member, Anselm Umoren, said rather than adopting the family planning methods including abortion which development partners are forcing on Nigeria as panacea for curtailing maternal mortality, traditional methods of birth control and responsible parenthood should be properly explored and promoted by the authorities.

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