Catholic bishop urges FG to tackle insecurity in Nigeria
By Ezeike Obele, Nnewi
The Catholic Bishop of Nnewi Diocese, Most Rev Hillary Okeke says that security challenges have been cited as part of the principal problems facing Nigeria presently. Bishop Okeke made the statement in Nnewi yesterday in his 2018 Easter message on ‘victory over enmity and violence in Nnewi, Anambra state.’
He pointed out that the country is, today, facing enmity, violence, insurgency, militancy, murder and wickedness, adding that religious, tribal, sectional and political nepotism and conflicts now remain the order of the day in the country.
“In the North, especially in the North-Eastern Nigeria, Boko Haram is at work with insurgency. The actions of Boko Haram in Nigeria are bearing much fruits of enmities, strife, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions and violent destruction of lives and properties.
“In various parts of Nigeria, Fulani herdsmen are carrying out their own murderous and destructive activities. The lives of their cows are becoming more important than hu man lives. In some parts of Nigeria, militants are active in destruction of lives, properties and facilities. Kidnappers and armed robbers are at work,” Bishop Okeke cried out.
The prelate alleged that some people in government seem to be in allegiance with some of the people and groups who engage in insurgency, militancy and mass killings in Nigeria which, according to him, is the reason for disturbing security lapses in some parts of the country.
Bishop Okeke, however, challenged Christians in Nigeria to bring about peace and reconciliation for all Nigerians in the spirit of Easter.
“Can Christians in Nigeria be real followers of Christ and not return abuses for abuses, war for war and fight for fight? Christians should be more and more committed to peace and reconciliation in the face of conflicts and violence which are reigning in Nigeria,” he pointed out.
He, however, appealed to Christians and members of other religions, especially those in government, to do all that is possible to reduce the violence, killings and destructions that are going on in the country in recent times.
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