A Kenyan priest has urged all Christians to forgive the perpetrators of religion based persecution. The cleric has reiterated that this is beyond doubt that Christians are going through difficult times, however they are urged to respect each other. Former Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Eliud Wabukala called upon Kenyan Christians to move forward as one country.
Former Anglican Church of Kenya Archbishop Eliud Wabukala has urged the Kenyan Christians to cultivate a habit of forgiving each other whenever they are offended or wronged. This advice was voiced by Archbishop Wabukala during a press conference regarding celebrations to mark one hundred years of Anglican Church of Kenya. This press conference was held at St Peter’s Butonge in Sirisia sub-county.
Archbishop Eliud Wabukala further said that Kenya is a country for everyone – including Christians and non-Christians, leaders and laymen, government officials or opposition. Archbishop Wabukala further said that Kenyans must be able to learn to live together as brothers and sisters, and avoid dissentions. “For us to stay together as a community, we must embrace the spirit of forgiveness and togetherness to have a better country, which is safe for all of us,” he said.
“As the church we urge leaders to stop spreading messages and remarks that might bring unrest as we head to the election. We know what happened in 2007-08 and we would not like a repeat of the same.”
Archbishop Wabukala also called upon the Christians to offer prayers for peace. During the golden jubilee celebrations the Environment Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakhungu was also present. Judi Wakhungu called upon the Christians to strive to root out bad values from the community.
In compliance with a report, the Kenyan constitution and laws dock protection of religious freedom. These provisions may include freedom to obviously profess any religion or belief through worship, practice, teaching, or observance. The Kenyan constitution also prohibits religious discrimination. Nonetheless, Kenya’s government had posed strict opposition to the rebels and terrorist groups. These efforts to curb al-Shabaab have resulted in large-scale retaliation and targeting religious minorities. The terrorist groups are inflicting punishment upon Somali citizens, ethnic-Somalis, and other Muslims.