Ibadan, 22 July, 2021 / 10:20 am (ACI Africa).
The Catholic Bishops of Nigeria’s Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have, in a collective statement, bemoaned the multiple crises in the West African nation saying the country “seems to have lost its very soul.”
In a Tuesday, July 20 statement shared with ACI Africa, the Local Ordinaries of the Archdiocese of Ibadan and the Dioceses of Ondo, Ilorin, Oyo, Osogbo and Ekiti highlight armed conflicts, kidnapping for ransom, robbery, insurgency, banditry and extra judicial killing as some of the crises and call on all Nigerians to continue praying for their country and working towards its recovery.
“Nigeria, our country, seems to have lost its very soul because it is no longer a healthy entity,” the Catholic Bishops say in the communiqué issued following their July 19-20 meeting held at the Domus Pacis Pastoral Institute, Igoba, Akure in Nigeria’s Ondo State.
A healthy nation is one that offers its citizens “a territory where they can feel at home, feel secure and enjoy the basic necessities of life”, they say, adding that unfortunately, Nigeria’s challenges “persist as the order of the day.”
“A nation that has lost its soul is characterized by inept, uncaring leadership which functions by selective allocation of posts, privileges and resources and by selective application of justice. It is characterized by leaders who, rather than care for the citizens of the country, simply exploit and denigrate them,” the Catholic Bishops say.