Impact Nigerians Positively, Catholic Bishops Charge Govts
The Catholic Bishops, Ecclesiastical Province, Ibadan have called on governments at all levels to demonstrate capability to bring about the promised positive impacts and changes to Nigerians.
In a communiqué jointly signed by its President, Most Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin and Secretary, Most Rev. John Oyejola and made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti by Most Rev. Felix F. Ajakaye, yesterday the Bishops said “there is a growing sense of desperation in the general populace that the much expected change has been slowed down”.
Rising from its first meeting in 2017 on the state of the nation, the clerics said this unfortunate situation has provoked general bad will manifested in the current proliferation of false information, violent clashes, calls for the break-up of Nigeria and pervasive criminality, calling on the leaders in the country to urgently restore the confidence of all Nigerians in the Nigerian nation.
“It is no longer news that Nigerians are truly suffering.Some of this can be understandable under a recession, however, there ought to be clear signs in national life by now that the government and people of our country are truly working to bring things under control”.
“We condemn the needless loss of life in the Southern Kaduna crisis which has confirmed an impression that government is lackadaisical in
responding to the needs of some sections of the nation”
“This impression should not be allowed to take firm root. Government exists for all and must never be seen to favour any group or ignore the needs of another. We admonish the government to be more proactive in protecting the life and property of Nigerians”
“ We appeal to all men and women of goodwill to succor the needy and all those affected by the crisis. We acknowledge the recent effort of the Federal government in providing a number of jobs and giving some welfare packages to some poor citizens of Nigeria. We urge the government to do more in this regard and ask State Governments to replicate this programme in the States”
“We call on the government at all levels in Nigeria to continue to optimize strategies to bring about positive change in the nation. As things stand, much of the government’s strategies do not seem to be working well. The campaign against corruption seems to be losing steam as convictions are rare and the initial recovery of stolen funds has slowed down”
“ The reform of the power sector is at a standstill with only some parts of Nigeria experiencing better or constant supply of electricity and road infrastructure is not improving much”
“We appreciate the sacrifice of our security agencies which have helped to keep Nigeria together so far. We pray for all who have died in various conflicts in Nigeria and for those who have paid the highest price in our defense of our country and condole with their families”
In spite of the recent unfortunate bombing of the IDP camp where dozens of innocent people were killed, our soldiers and security agencies deserve our support and appreciation. It is our prayer that Nigeria will soon experience the peace for which we have always desired and prayed.
The Bishops call on the Nigerian government to be more forthcoming with information concerning government, its officials and policies in Nigeria.