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Nigeria: Catholic Bishops Crave for Change as Independence Day Approaches
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Posted on August 13, 2020, 10:02 am
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“We need not remind Nigerians that the present Federal Government came to power, promising Nigerians, the eradication of corruption, a guarantee of security to life and property, and rapid growth in the economy,” Nigeria Catholic Bishops have recalled.

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN)

Catholic Bishops of Nigeria in a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 have casted blames at the Federal government (FG) over inability to fulfill promised security, end to corruption and other economic/social concerns within the country.

“The creation of jobs, and an enabling environment that engenders growth of the private sector; a significant increase in the supply of electricity to Nigerians, affordable and quality health care to Nigerians, and the revamping of the educational sector were the promises the Government continues to make,” they added.

Catholic Bishops’  with Buhari

They made their points during the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) that held on Tuesday. CBCN president, Augustine Obiora, expressed dismay over persisting killings in Southern Kaduna. Standing as the mouth of the people, Obiora said “hearts are bleeding.”

In the same statement on this occasion, they said “The perpetrators of the killings must be brought to justice. Where there is no justice or justice is not seen to be done, there cannot be peace. Where there is no peace, there cannot be development.”

statement at Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN)

The Bishops used this meeting as a medium to call on the federal and state government to bring an end to prevalence insecurity, warning against the politicalization of inhuman acts. “We do not want any politician to politicize the killing of Nigerians,” they stressed

“Any Government, State or Federal that wants peace must work for justice for everyone. There will never be sustained development built upon the bloodshed of innocent people brutally murdered by religious fundamentalists without any recourse to justice for the victims,” another part of the statement read.

Buhari and Catholic Bishops

Appealing for unity among Nigerians in calling the Federal Government to give priority to these areas of social concerns, the clerics urged everyone to join in a forty days fasting and prayer, starting from 22 August 2020 to 30 September 2020, which is the eve of Nigeria’s Independence Day.

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