…..Charge Nigerians on Adequate information before Migration
The Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province has called Nigerian leaders to live up to the responsibility in terms of good governance geared by patriotism in the interest of the people ,, the clerics cautioned against prebendalism on the part of the leaders urging them to work in the interest of Nigerians.
The Bishops lamented lack of vision and focus by most of the current leaders noted that the demands of Nigerians are very straightforward simple and achievable by purposeful leaders.
“verifiable in security of life and property, demand infrastructure and social amenities, the enforcement of the rule of law and a conducive atmosphere for development”
These were part of the submissions in the communique issued by the clerics after the meeting they held at the Pope John Paul II, Pastoral Centre, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State by Bishops in Ibadan, Ilorin, Ondo, Oye, Ekiti and Osogbo Catholic Dioceses and signed by Most Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin, President and Most Rev. John Oyejola, Secretary.
The religious leaders in the comminique made available to Newshereandthere noted that Nigerians are still desperate for better times which seem now more and more like a mirage.
“It is destressing that Nigerians leaders past and present, continue to exact more sacrifice from ordinary Nigerians while increasing their own scandalous remunerations and comfort”
The Bishop’s pointed out that it is the responsibility of government to see that no one is forced to leave his fatherland due to push-factors such as bad governance, insecurity, bad economy, unaffordable and unstable education system and lack of job opportunities.
The clerics align with the Catholic Bishops of Africa, urging all who would migrate, to do so legally and with adequate information about the risks and dangers they might face.
On the coup in Niger and ECOWAS resolutions, the Bishops said government that fails to represent the interest of their people in democracy, compromise their legitimacy.
“No Nigerian life should be sacrificed for the crisis in Niger or anywhere else because war of any kind is a failure of humanity”.
They called on government to show more commitment to solve the challenges of insecurity and curb kidnapping, banditry, insurgency, or ritual killing.
“recent killing of 21 Nigerian soldiers by suspected bandits in Kundu, Niger State does not inspire confidence that the security agencies are are to confront the prevailing situation”
The Bishops therefore expresssed optimism on Nigeria with prayers to God for the country to overcome the challenges bedeviling the nation.