Participants at the recently organized 2012 Forum of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria (CSN), in Abuja, have called on the Catholic Church, through the secretariat to be more proactive in motivating social justice and the protection of the integrity of the human person in the country.
This was the consensus decision of a cross section of the country’s stakeholders who attended the forum which focused on: Food Security or Biological Imperialism in Africa: New Frontiers for Depopulation Agenda, with Professor, Prince Philip Njemanze as the lead speaker.
In his presentation, professor Njemanze who is the Chairman, Global Profile Alliance and Director, Chidicon Centre for Advanced Research, Owerri, outlined the dangers inherent in genetically modified crops being distributed to farmers in the country and other parts of Africa, by the Bill Gates “Innovation in Agriculture”, under the aegis of the Melinda Gates Foundation, and channelled through proxy donor agencies. He noted that the process constitutes a great danger to health, the environment and procreation.
The renowned medical scientist also disclosed other areas of scientific development through which the Western world is trying to re-colonize Africa through depopulation. This include the production of vaccines aimed at sterilizing African women; the deceptive Maputo Protocol which largely promotes abortion more than women empowerment; sponsorship of health bills that promote health hazards, particularly among women and endanger productivity with the rate of fertility among African women on the decline.
The programme was coordinated by Rev. Zacharia Samjumi, Director of Church and Society, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria , CSN, who also expressed concern on the effects of herbicides and other insecticides being distributed to farmers under the food assistance programme of the developed western world.
In his own contribution, the Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Rev. Fr. Michael Ekpenyong reiterated the commitment of the Catholic Church to the protection of the dignity of the human person and consolidation of social justice, in all aspects of life, including the food sector.
In the goodwill message sent to the Forum, Honourable Ndudi Godwin Elumelu, Chairman, House Committee on Health stressed the need to confirm the facts or suspicion being expressed by the guest speaker and the need for positive actions to prevent the dangerous trends identified. He noted that the issue of genetically modified crops is very controversial adding: “It is more controversial if the promotion of GM Crops is a depopulation agenda from western donor agencies.”
Another speaker, Dr Achike noted that the issue of genetically modified crops which propel depopulation is a major concern, taking into consideration the various disasters now befalling the country, like the Boko Haram insurgence. While urging the proper articulation of the facts raised at the forum and sensitive information provided for the appropriate authority, Dr. Achike stressed that the country cannot afford another form of human elimination, particularly the future generations.
After contributions from other participants which included some members of the National Assembly, members of the medical profession, representatives of non-Governmental Organizations and farmers groups, the Catholic Secretariat was tasked to be more proactive in respect of the social services of the Church in the country, to ensure the protection of lives and integrity of Nigerians, irrespective of their differences. The CSN was also mandated to facilitate the continuation of the discussion, provide necessary information and data to back-up allegations and mobilize the people through proper information dissemination. The participants also called for the production of locally manufactured vaccines to prevent dependence on the supply of foreign donors.