“We know that there are still very many patriotic Nigerians. We know that human resources in Nigeria are greater than natural resources,” they say and add, “The fact that we keep hearing of Nigerians who are doing well in academics, sports, and other areas, once they leave Nigeria, tells us that God has wired in the DNA of Nigerians the potential and capacity to be successful.”
They further affirm, “Nigerians are one of the most dynamic people on earth. This is the foundation upon which we must hope even amid this national crisis at 60.”
As a way forward, the Bishops call on Nigerians to begin the process of transforming the country “within, from ourselves.”
“Each one of us must learn to eschew every form of corruption, indiscipline, praising of corrupt leaders or giving of awards to those who have bankrupt(ed) Nigeria. We must stop the praise-singing of politicians who have failed us. We must stop patronizing mediocrity. We must begin to reward hard work,” they say.
Addressing themselves to the millions of Catholics in the country, the Bishops encourage a firm faith that manifests itself in day to day decisions.
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“Let your faith be the compass that guides your daily decisions. Let your faith influence the values you promote,” they say and add, “If all the more than 22 million Catholics in Nigeria decide to allow themselves to be moved by their faith-based conviction, Nigeria will be transformed.”
They extend the encouragement to other believers saying, “If all the Christians and Muslims in Nigeria truly follow the dictates of their religions, we will have a Nigeria that will be the envy of other nations.”
“Our hope is in God who never fails. Human beings may fail us, but those who put their hope and trust in God will always be delivered. With hope, faith, and charity, let us pray and work for the good of Nigeria,” the Bishops in Nigeria say.
“Let us not despair in the face of these daunting challenges and crises facing our beloved country. May Christ help to transform us, for us to transform Nigeria,” the members of CBCN implore in their collective message of October 1 on the occasion of the country’s 60th independence anniversary.