Abuja, 10 June, 2021 / 8:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Nigeria’s John Cardinal Onaiyekan has expressed concerns about the tendency, among Nigerians, to continually complain “about everything” and challenged his compatriots to take seriously their “citizen participation” role.
Cardinal Onaiyekan who was speaking during the North Central Zonal Dialogue Conference in Nigeria’s capital city, Abuja, invited citizens of Africa’s most populous nation to a “renewal, restoration of minds, conversion” saying, “Attitudes and the concept of politics must change.”
“Our people have gotten used to just sitting and complaining about everything. They complain about the government and politicians, but they do not take their role of citizen participation seriously,” Cardinal Onaiyekan has been quoted as saying Tuesday, June 8.
Many Nigerians, the Cardinal said, “claim there is nothing they can do; that they are incapacitated and of course those who want to rule are very happy when citizens sit down and do whatever they are told to do.”
Such claims, the Archbishop emeritus of Abuja went on to say, “make the leaders very happy and they take full advantage of the docile nature of most Nigerians.”