The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has bemoaned the failure of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to deliver in the security sector – one of its key electoral promises – while calling for an end to the bloodshed in Southern Kaduna and other parts of the country.
This was made known by the president of the CBCN, Archbishop Augustine Akabueze of the Benin Archdiocese in a statement released in Abuja on Tuesday.
“Our hearts are bleeding, and we are more troubled when we hear of the massacre presently going on in Southern Kaduna. We want all the people suffering the incessant attacks in Southern Kaduna to know that all Catholics in Nigeria are praying for them, and we call on the federal and state governments to stop the killing of innocent people.” The catholic bishops said.
“Where there is no peace, there cannot be development. Any government 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 recourse to justice for the victims.”
The CBCN reminded the All Progressives Congress-led government that it came to power in 2015 with a promise to eradicate corruption, guarantee security to life and property and grow the economy.
In addition to job creation, the administration also promised to put in place enabling environment that engenders growth of the private sector, stable power supply, and quality health care to Nigerians, and revamping of the educational sector.
“Many Nigerians, irrespective of political party affiliation, will affirm that these promises have remained a far cry. We strongly appeal to Nigerians to unite together in calling the Federal Government to give priority to these areas of our lives.”
“To all Catholics, we request that you join in praying one Our Father, three Hail Marys, and one Glory Be to the Father every day after the Angelus for 40 days, starting from August 22 to September 30, the eve of Nigeria’s Independence Day,” the statement said.