Oyo, 02 January, 2023 / 9:30 pm (ACI Africa).
The New Year 2023 calls on Nigerians to exercise “diligence and a change of heart”, a Catholic Bishop in the West African nation has said.
In his New Year 2023 Message shared with ACI Africa Monday, January 2, Bishop Emmanuel Adetoyese Badejo invites citizens of Africa’s most populous nation to “apply all legitimate strengths and resources to snatch our country back from the threshold of total chaos.”
“The New Year 2023 in view of what the previous year has been, calls Nigerians to diligence and a change of heart,” Bishop Badejo says, and adds, “If we do not change our ways, then nothing is new in the year.”
“We simply cannot continue with a country where crime is tolerated or even rewarded and valor and virtue are punished,” the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Oyo in Nigeria further says, and continues, “We need no prophet to tell us what could happen if we don’t change.”
He poses, “How does one explain the platitude of the authorities in the face of the ongoing mayhem and bloodshed in Kaduna and Zamfara and elsewhere in the country? How does anyone justify the fact that arrested suspects of the St. Francis Catholic Church Owo in Ondo State mass murder have still not been fully identified or prosecuted? So many are the unattended and unresolved tragedies across the country.”