“The same is true of the targeted kidnapping and hounding of citizens, including the Clergy, all over the country,” CSN officials say.
They lament the spate of killings and carnage in Nigeria that they say “make our roads, farmlands, forests, schools, homes, marketplaces and even places of Worship unsafe.”
“The rate of avoidable deaths of innocent citizens across the country on a daily basis has made living in Nigeria akin to skating on thin ice,” the Catholic Church officials say.
While the killings and kidnappings are going on, the Church officials say, food scarcity and inflation are on the increase and “hunger and destitution among the people are evident everywhere.”
The Nigerian government “seems to be overwhelmed” amid protracted challenges, they say, adding, “The political class is deeply engaged in alignments for new political positions in the forthcoming political dispensation. Millions of Naira are being expended on this political process. Meanwhile, the country is currently indebted to the tune of over N41T (over $97b).”
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Apart from insecurity, the Catholic Church officials say Nigerian Universities have been on strike for the past three months, without the government being able to resolve the impasse with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
“Teaching and learning in our universities have been impaired, leaving the Nigerian youth without a sense of direction and purpose,” they say.
They pose, “Is there any wonder there are cases of criminality, violence and unwholesome activities among the youths today?”
“In the light of the foregoing, the Church, as teacher and mother, continues to tow the path of peace and justice; exhorting the government and the state actors to rise to their bounden duties of protecting life and property,” CSN officials say in their June 21 statement.
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.