Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have called on delegates to the national conference to shun personal interests but “show concern about fundamental issues of national interest, including the secularity of Nigeria and evolvement of effective strategies to curb terrorism.”
“Delegates should ask serious questions and make recommendations about youth welfare; welfare of pensioners; study how to neutralise an environment saturated with the toxic culture of corruption; the ungodly struggle for political power; the exorbitant cost of governance and, above all, evolve effective strategies to avoid the painful and embarrassing terrorist situation brought about by some factors perhaps previously neglected,” the Catholic bishops stated.
The Bishops’ demands were contained in a communiqué at the end of the first plenary meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, which held in Abuja.
The resolution, signed by the President of CBCN, who is also the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama; and Secretary of CBCN, Bishop William Avenya, was obtained by journalists on Sunday.
The bishops said, “As we look forward with fellow Nigerians to the forthcoming national conference with hope, we expect the conference to devise ways and means of fostering the right of each person to freely choose, profess, disseminate and practise his or her own religion in private and in public, as well as acknowledge the contributions of religion to nation building.”
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