Owerri, 07 April, 2023 / 9:34 pm (ACI Africa).
The President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has cautioned Nigerians against sinking into “despondency and depression” as a result of the “2023 botched general elections”.
In his Easter 2023 Message shared with ACI Africa Thursday, April 6, Archbishop Lucius Ugorji looks back at the events following the February 25 polls that he says resulted in “aborted dreams and shattered hopes”, and goes on to highlight other challenges that the people of God in the West African nation are facing, including economic hardship, youth unemployment, and “the ever-growing phenomenon of extremism and terrorism”.
“Notwithstanding the aborted dreams and shattered hopes resulting from the 2023 botched general elections in our nation, we should never surrender to despondency and depression,” Archbishop Ugorji says.
“The blind greed of a few for power at all cost must not prevail over the positive aspiration of the generality of Nigerians, who look forward to the dawning of a new nation, where the dignity and rights of each individual are recognised and respected; where all Nigerians are accorded equal opportunities in all spheres of life; where ethno-religious cleavages are overcome; and attitudes of discrimination and intolerance rejected,” the Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Owerri Archdiocese further says in reference to the general elections in Africa’s most populous nation.
On March 1, Nigeria’s electoral body, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), declared the ruling party candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, winner of the presidential election, BBC News reported.