The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) will soon issue a series of manuals for marriage and family life educators. Chizoba Nnagboh, Human Life International (HLI) country director in Nigeria, is a member of the planning committee that will implement and disseminate the document.
In producing the series, the committee has focused on the needs of parishes in the area of marriage preparation and family care; better communicating the Church’s teaching on human sexuality in the current family life education curriculum, and promoting natural family planning methods.
Nnagboh’s extensive experience with HLI Nigeria has prepared him well to facilitate seminars that promote and defend family and human life. His most recent seminar, held at St. Joseph the Worker Chaplaincy at Nnamdi Azikiwe University in Awka, was attended by dozens of medical workers and parents.
“When people recognize the philosophy and strategies of the anti-life movement, they are more apt to preserve the Culture of Life in their communities, even though Western influences are hard at work to undermine family values,” said Nnagboh.
His collaboration with Seminarians for Life of Pope John Paul II Major Seminary in Okpuno, Awka, is part of his efforts to uphold authentic Catholic teaching on chastity, the dangers of contraceptives and abortion, and how to decode the secular language that promotes a Culture of Death.
It’s been his experience, Nnagboh said, that people are hungry to receive the pro-life message disseminated through seminars or authentic Catholic educational manuals and materials.
“What better way to enable the faithful to become effective pro-lifers to the Gospel of Life!” he said.