NIGERIA: Cleric Calls on Delegates to put Nation’s Interest over Tribalism
LAGOS, APRIL 22, 2014 (CISA) -The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Adewale Martins has called on delegates at the ongoing National Conference in the country to put the interest of the nation above tribal, ethnic and religious sentiments.
Bishop Martins in his Easter message on Sunday April 20 said it would be unfortunate if at the end of the deliberations, the delegates fail to move the nation forward.
According to the Catholic News Agency of Nigeria (CNAN), the cleric said the conference offers a good platform for all segments of the country to dialogue on the way forward to address the lopsided political, social and economic structures of the nation.
“I am happy that the conference is now on in spite of initial setbacks experienced. I believe it is a window of opportunity for us as a nation to get it right.
“For the past 100 years that we have been living together, so much water has passed under the bridge. We seem not to have gotten it right. I want to call on all the delegates to use this opportunity to ensure that we get it right this time.
“There are so many issues to be discussed. There is the issue of insecurity, the right form of government we should practice, resource control, equality and justice. Our hope is that our representatives there would work for the good of Nigerians,” he said.
While wishing Nigerians a happy Easter celebration, Bishop Martins condemned the spate of ritual killings in the country and called on all to be prayerful and be alert at all times.
“In this season when we celebrate the risen Lord, I want to call on all Nigerians not to relent in their prayers for peace in our country. There is no doubt that perpetrators of evil activities are on the prowl, but we should not be discouraged, rather, we should move closer to Jesus for He alone can protect us from the snares of the evil ones,” he emphasized.