He adds that Nigeria's crisis has been worsened by the government’s failure to meet the people’s aspirations and explains, “Give to Caesar that which is Caesar's and to God that which is God’s. When the people enter into a social contract with the state, there are obligations and responsibilities on both parties in order to strike an equilibrium in the pact. The people owe the country their civic duties while the country owes the people provision of services to retain their trust and for a better society.”
It is regrettable, the Archbishop of Lagos says, that “those salient conventions have taken flight from our polity and thereby, paved the way for mistrust, corruption, banditry, amongst others.”
“It is callous for a human being to take another person’s life while the country, under whose control it is to check such inhumanity, appears helpless," decries Archbishop Adewale.
Religious leaders in the country, he says, will “continue to awaken the conscience of the people of our nation on the values that are necessary for the common good.”
“The Church has the moral authority that it uses in interfacing with the people and the word of God being the basis for such interaction," he further says, and continues, "The Church will assist in teaching the people about issues concerning love for one another."
The Catholic Archbishop who has been at the helm of Lagos Archdiocese since August 2012 also says that love among Nigerians has the capacity transforming the society.
Africa’s most populous nation has been experiencing violence since 2009 when members of the Islamist group, Boko Haram, began targeted attacks with the aim of turning the country into an Islamic state.
Insecurity in the country has been complicated by the involvement of the predominantly Muslim Fulani herdsmen, also referred to as the Fulani Militia, who have been clashing frequently with Christian farmers over grazing land.
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