“The state of Nigeria in different parts of our country with so much violence, insecurity and anxiety is a source of major concern to us Bishops,” the Catholic Bishops said.
They added, “We are speaking to you, our people at various levels of government and across the nation, to see that this nation is in great danger unless we bring a new spirit, a new approach.”
At the celebration of Vigil Mass ahead of the burial of Fr. Alphonsus Bello, Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah faulted the Nigerian government for laxity in ensuring security for citizens and called on members of the executive to rethink their oath of office.
“There is nowhere in the world where people are dying like they are in our country. There is nowhere in the world where the barbarity and the treatment of human life are manifested as it is in Nigeria,” Bishop Kukah bemoaned in his Monday, May 31 homily.
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He added, “I think the President of Nigeria and some of the governors can actually address Nigerians and say, fellow Nigerians, I have sworn that I will not protect you. I will not protect you from foreign invaders, I will not protect you from being killed. I will not protect you from being kidnapped, I will not protect you from bandits, I will not protect you from abductors.”
“As Christians, no matter the turbulence our society lives in, we must stand by the promises of God. As Christians, we remind ourselves that only the purifying blood of Jesus Christ offers us hope,” the 68-year-old Bishop further said.