“Perhaps the most rampant point of public discourse in Nigeria today is whether to break Nigeria up or to keep it as one,” the Nigerian Catholic Bishop observes, adding that some Christian groups are already trying to “excise themselves from a country that is seen as irreparably corrupt, unjust and doomed.”
He calls upon Nigerian Christians to transform their nation from within the country similar to Jesus who “chose not to remove his disciples from a world that was clearly corrupt, antagonistic and hostile to them during his time.”
“Our Christianity seems to dictate to us that remaking Nigeria does not have to mean unmaking it but transforming it,” Bishop Badejo says in his statement titled, “The Christian DNA and Current Situation in Nigeria.”
"What we need today are committed Christian leaders, passionate individuals and dedicated Christian groups who can use the Gospel of Christ to spearhead a spiritual transformation, moral revolution and an ethical reorientation in our society," he says, and adds, that this is the only way to give "credible witness to Jesus before the men and women of our day".
The Bishop of Oyo Diocese who doubles as the President of the Pan African Episcopal Committee for Social Communications (CEPACS) urges Christian leaders under the auspices of CAN to “groom foot soldiers for the future in order to better defend and protect the rights and welfare of Christians and Christianity.”
“If CAN is ever to effectively play this role and act as a vanguard of the spiritual and moral welfare of this nation, it must consciously determine with what tools and strategies to do the job,” says Bishop Badejo.
“What are our tools for changing the future politics, economics and sociology of Nigeria?” he poses, and further says, “CAN must constitute itself into a platform for forming future politicians with Christian values that can transform society in future.”
Christianity will have a direct and effective influence on Nigeria’s politics and transform the society according to Christ’s command if CAN leads in the formation of politicians, the Nigerian Bishop underscores.
He adds that Christian leaders in Nigeria must be on the frontline in defending human life in the West African nation where "the Culture of Death seems to be fast eclipsing the Culture of Life."
Bishop Badejo highlights murders, assassinations, suicides, lynching, armed robbery, abortions and related killings as some of the actions that dominate the news in Africa’s most populous nation.