Orlu, 18 September, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) and those of the Nigeria Catholic Diocesan Priests Association (NCDPA) have jointly expressed their commitment to creating as much political awareness as possible at the grassroots level to encourage full participation of the electorate in the country’s elections slated for 25 February 2023.
In a set of resolutions that the members of CBCN end NCDPA came up with at the end of their September 9 interactive meeting at the Sacred Heart Pastoral/Retreat Center in the Diocese of Orlu, the Priests and Bishops underlined the need for Nigerians to fully participate in political issues for the country’s “present situation” to change for the better.
“We shall work to increase the level and quality of political awareness among our people so that all may realize that only through right political choices can our present situation be ameliorated,” the members of CBCN and NCDPA say in a statement that was shared with ACI Africa on Friday, September 16.
The Priests and Bishops whose deliberations were guided by the theme, “Political Consciousness for Effective Choice of Political Leaders in Nigeria”, also asked novices in politics to take up political positions in the country’s political elections, and not to leave all seats to those they described as “career politicians.”
“Given that politics, properly understood, is the pursuit of the common good of the citizenry, we commit ourselves to encouraging every adult Nigerian to participate actively in it rather than leave it to career politicians alone,” they said.