The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, has commended the resilient spirit of the Bishop, Priests, Religious and Laity of the Catholic Diocese of Kafachan even in the midst of provocation.
He made this commendation when he paid a solidarity visit to the Diocese of Kafanchan recently on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN).
Accompanied on the visit by the Secretary General of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Rev. Fr Ralph Madu, the Deputy Secretary General, Rev. Fr. Zachariah Zamjummi, as well as the Director of Social Communications, Rev Fr Chris N Anyanwu, the CBCN President noted: “Since the beginning of the crisis in Southern Kaduna, you have displayed good spirit of love. You have equally remained resilient. We commend you for remaining together even in the face of challenges and difficulties.”
Expressing concern on the crisis which has engulfed the Diocese of Kafanchan, the CBCN President decried the wanton destruction of human lives and properties; and the lukewarm attitude of both the Federal and State Governments in addressing the situation.
“We are particularly saddened by the constant and wanton destruction of lives and properties in Southern Kaduna. The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria in our plenary sessions and other fora have expressed our views and condemned this mayhem that have become a common feature in Nigeria,” the Local Ordinary of Jos Archdiocese declared.
Archbishop Kaigama who is worried by the unending crisis in the country urged the government to be more proactive in finding lasting solution to the conflicts and violence in Nigeria for the common good of all.
“We use this opportunity to continue to appeal to the Federal Government to be more proactive in handling the matters of security of its citizens as well as to look into the root causes of persistent crisis in the country. Yesterday, it was Southern Kaduna, recently, it was Zaki-Biam in Benue State and the other day, it was Ile-Ife in Oyo State. No one knows which community will be the next victim.” He noted.
The Archbishop who said that Nigerians enjoy living together also underlined that the multi-ethnic and multi-religious nature of our corporate existence must be respected by our political leaders in their policies and decisions.
“We live in a country that is multi-ethnic, multi-religious and complex in nature. That is why we must constantly appeal to the sensibilities of our political leaders not to be seen to promote the interest of any particular group but to be neutral and seek the common things that will promote unity, fairness and equity in the country.” He said.
The CBCN President who is also the Archbishop of Jos advised that prayers should be constantly be said for our leaders so that they will take the business of governance more seriously.
“We owe our political leaders our constant prayers so that their eyes will be open to the plight of the people of Nigeria. We pray that they will take the responsibilities of governance more seriously, which is providing the basic social amenities for the people, securing the people and promoting unity and fairness. If a government is seen or perceived to be protecting sectional or ethnic interest, such a government is certainty seeking for the disintegration of the country.” He added.