Abuja, 25 February, 2021 / 9:02 pm (ACI Africa).
Catholic Bishops in Nigeria have, in a collective statement earlier this week, highlighted multiple crises that are bedeviling the West African nation and called for urgent action lest the country collapses.
In their Tuesday, February 23 statement sent to ACI Africa February 25, the members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) highlight assassinations, banditry, armed robberies, kidnappings and murders as some of the "persistent crises" in the country alongside COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are really on the brink of a looming collapse. The nation is falling apart,” CBCN say.
"The clamour for self-defence is fast gaining ground," they explain, adding, "Many ethnic champions are loudly beating the drums of war, calling not only for greater autonomy but even for outright opting out of a nation in which they have lost all trust and sense of belonging."
The Bishops continue in reference to Nigerians, "Many have given up on the viability and even on the desirability of the Nigeria project as one united country."