November 23, 2014

NIGERIA: Selfishness Will Bring Anarchy, Catholic Bishops Warn

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ABUJA NOVEMBER 18, 2014(CISA)-As parochial interests fuel political tension and sectarian clashes in parts of Nigeria, there are strong indications that the forthcoming general elections will create an explosive political situation, the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), has warned.

To avert the impending danger, therefore, the bishops are calling for national prayer for God’s mercy on the nation, lasting peace and security, and for leaders at various levels to exhibit high level of patriotism and selflessness in their service for the security all.

Speaking at the National Prayer Pilgrimage for Nigeria in Abuja, CBCN President and Archbishop of Jos, Most Rev. Ignatius A. Kaigama, said that the “do or die” politics of mudslinging and character assassination still prevail.

He noted that the aggressive quest for power already being exhibited makes one wonder if Nigerian politics was truly about improving the lot of commoners.

“Resources belonging to the people are spent in a reckless manner. To seek to be a counsellor, chairman, commissioner, minister, legislator, governor, or president is no doubt a laudable aspiration because it is about service, but in our country, seeking these offices is considered the quickest access to enjoying our patrimony,” he said.

“No wonder kidnapping, either for ransom or as an expression of political discontent and forceful conversion, is very much with us. Our darling, innocent schoolgirls from Chibok are still being held over six months since their abduction. Only God knows the psychological and physical trauma they are going through.

“Youths are languishing without jobs even after university education. More disturbing is that when these issues are mentioned or people express worry openly about them, depending on which political party is in control in a state or at the centre, you are termed an ingrate or a member of the opposition.”

Archbishop Kaigama noted that prayer made in deep faith could move mountains and calm storms and is the most powerful weapon as the nation faces multidimensional contemporary challenges.

He added: “We are very concerned about the happenings in the country. We, the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria, call on all our families, parishes, dioceses and provinces, through a synchronized effort in prayer just as Catholics do world over with the angelus.”

“Do our leaders love this country up to the point of not only engaging in hot electoral contests but also being ready to sacrifice their lives for the socio-economic uplift of the people they represent and the unity of all?  Many leaders expect others to sacrifice their lives for their comfort and that of their families when all of us should be sacrificing for the sake of Nigeria and Nigerians.”

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