Lagos, 25 September, 2022 / 8:55 pm (ACI Africa).
The deeply rooted “structures of injustice and imbalance” in Nigeria over the centuries are the primary hindrances to peaceful coexistence among the people of God in the West African nation, a Catholic Priest in the country has said.
In his Wednesday, September 21 goodwill message to the participants of the one-day round table discussion that was convened virtually on the occasion of the 2022 International Day of Peace (IDP), Fr. Anthony Anike said that the structural vices have been entrenched because of the narratives that present them as acceptable.
“Over the centuries, structures of injustice and imbalance have been set and they have dug so deep that they frustrate every effort to change,” Fr. Anike who is the Vicar General of the Missionary Society of St. Paul of Nigeria (MSP) said.
He added, “We know that these structures still exist and have so much power because of the narratives that, for generations, have been built to present them to us in some acceptable ways, especially when they favor us, or our people, or our generation.”
These narratives, the Nigerian Priest said, “have been so cleverly spun that many people who are too preoccupied and engrossed with fighting for the basic needs of life, do not have the time or care to analyze these unhelpful narratives.”