Sub-Saharan Africa, 01 October, 2020 / 9:07 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have, in a collective statement on the occasion of the country’s 60th independence anniversary, highlighted multiple challenges bedeviling the West African nation saying the country is “in great distress” and that there seems to be nothing to celebrate about.
In their statement shared with ACI Africa on the eve of the October 1 commemoration, the members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) pose a series of questions underscoring their dissatisfaction with how Africa’s most populous nation is being governed.
“How can we celebrate when many of our people cannot afford to eat? How can we celebrate when we watch daily, the killings of Nigerians by the insurgents?” CBCN members pose in part.
They make reference to specific kidnappings and pose, “How can we celebrate when Boko Haram is still holding some the Chibok girls, and Leah Sharibu is still being held captive for over three years because she refuses to denounce Christ?”
“How do we celebrate when the Federal Government, without any prior clear warning, allows the epileptic electricity supply tariff to be increased and at the same time removing the fuel subsidy,” the Bishop say, referencing the controversial move that has been described as part of burdens that “are too much on the ordinary Nigerians.”