Makurdi, 31 July, 2021 / 10:30 pm (ACI Africa).
A Catholic Bishop in Nigeria has urged the people of God in the country to engage their government on the country’s challenges, cautioning against silence amid insecurity.
“Silence is no longer golden in Nigeria. This is what I am urging you all to do in your various chosen professions; to speak up against injustices regardless of who will be offended,” Bishop Wilfred Chikpa Anagbe has been quoted as saying Thursday, July 29.
The Local Ordinary of Nigeria’s Makurdi Diocese who was speaking at a workshop for Catholic professionals in his episcopal see noted that while the government of Nigeria views criticism as hatred, it is particularly important for faith-based leaders to be vocal as they are meant to correct injustices.
“It is not the question of APC (All Progressives Congress) or PDP (People's Democratic Party); it is a question of good governance instead,” Bishop Anagbe said in his message that was also posted on the Facebook page of The Catholic Star Newspaper, a publication of his episcopal see.
“The Church stands for justice and truth,” the Nigerian Bishop reiterated, adding that when church leaders speak, “it is to correct injustices.”