“It is our sincere hope and ardent prayer that the new service chiefs, like the proverbial new broom, will bring new vigour and vision into the war against insecurity that currently bedevils every nook and cranny of our nation,” the Bishops say in the communiqué signed by Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins of Lagos Archdiocese.
The news service chiefs, the Bishops say, should see fighting against insecurity “as the reason for their appointment, and prosecute it with all the necessary human and material resources to bring a speedy end to the insecurity in our land.”
“We implore all our state Governors to rise to their primary responsibility of ensuring the security of life and property of all the inhabitants of the states that they govern,” they say and continue in reference to Nigeria’s State Governors, “They should not go to sleep, while terrorists, bandits, kidnappers and other hoodlums are having a field day terrorizing and brutalizing the innocent citizens within their domains.”
The Bishops appeal to citizens across the length and breadth of Nigeria to exercise maximum vigilance as they go about their daily tasks and routines saying, “They should stay awake and alert to suspicious movements by any elements within their communities, and make prompt reports to the authorities for appropriate and timely action to be taken to nip any threat to life and/or property in the bud.”
“As the saying goes, if you see something, say something, Don’t keep quiet,” the Bishops in Nigeria’s Lagos Ecclesiastical Province emphasize in their January 29 collective statement shared with ACI Africa.
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They go on to commend the recent meetings held between Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria and Governors of the South West in view of building peace among the people.
The Bishops encourage “more dialogues amongst the various ethnic groups as a way of living in peace and unity with the hope that such meetings would actually result in mutual respect and the security of lives and properties.”
“We expect that the criminals who commit the crimes of murder, rape, kidnaping for ransom and destruction of farmlands as well as their sponsors would be fished out and brought to book without any further delay,” the Bishops say.
Reflecting on the Year of St. Joseph, the Catholic Bishops urge the people of God under their pastoral care to “participate actively in all the programs and activities that are being organized in our respective Dioceses to honor the foster father of our Savior Jesus Christ and most chaste spouse of his Immaculate Virgin Mother Mary.”
“We pray that Year 2021 will usher in a new vista of hope for humanity as she grapples with ways of containing the pandemic and its effects,” the Bishops say in their January 29 communiqué.
“May our Blessed Lady, Mother of the Church and Queen of Nigeria, pray for our country Nigeria and the entire human race at the divine throne of mercy, as we navigate one of the most trying times that our world has known in recent history,” they implore.
Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.