Oyo, 01 October, 2021 / 9:20 pm (ACI Africa).
The 61st independence anniversary of the West African nation of Nigeria is being observed with mixed feelings of “praise and pain”, a Nigerian Catholic Bishop has said.
In a message published by Catholic Focus Nigeria on Nigeria’s Independence Day, Friday, October 1, Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo says the feeling of pain is occasioned by the tribulations Nigerians experience while the joy rises from the fact that the country still has "a lot to cherish."
"Nigeria at 61 is a mixed bag of praise and pain, delights and delusions. The glories of Nigeria belong to God, its failures, to us human beings. Praise be to the living God," Bishop Badejo says.
The Nigerian Bishop adds that while the country’s failures "are very serious", the people of God in Africa's most populous nation "cannot despair, because God is involved in Nigeria."
Nigeria is experiencing "gross ongoing abuse of people’s rights and social justice", the Bishop of Nigeria’s Oyo Diocese further says, adding that "a lot of determination" is needed to address the challenges bedeviling the country.