2023: Catholic bishops slam Buhari regime for insecurity, bad economy and ASUU strike

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has presented a critical review of the Buhari administration, urging the regime to do more to ameliorate the challenges of insecurity, poor economy, among other challenges.

The group made this call in a statement issued after its second plenary meeting in Orlu, near Owerri.

The communiqué was signed by RCCS President and Archbishop of Owerri, Msgr. Lucius Ugorji and Secretary/Bishop of Uromi, Msgr. Donatus Ogun.

The bishops said the government had failed to fulfill its security duties.

“We observe that even when suspects have been arrested, there are not even diligent prosecutions of the perpetrators of these nefarious acts, leaving citizens helpless and in despair,” they said.

The clergy pointed out that “due to mismanagement and a failing economy with an ever-increasing debt burden, there is poverty and hunger in our country, despite our enormous human and natural resources. “.

They called for adequate policies and the creation of an enabling environment for the creation of more jobs by the government and the private sector to reduce the level of insecurity in the country.

On persistent industrial action by the University Academic Staff Union, Catholics instructed the federal government to quickly conclude a truce with striking professors.

“We renew our call on the federal government and ASUU to find a faster and more efficient way to resolve the issues in dispute so that public universities can reopen.”

The clerics therefore called on Nigerians, especially the youth, to increase their participation in the 2023 electoral process.

“We call on all our citizens and institutions to work for responsible political behavior and informed choices.

“In accordance with the principles of the Social Teaching of the Church, our people should be sensitized to the duty of being both good leaders and good disciples.

“It is only when the people are enlightened to realize their duties to the nation and their rights that they can escape the bondage of political manipulation and ignorance of their voting habits,” they said. declared.

They commended the National Assembly and President Mohammadu Buhari for enacting and signing the Election Bill 2022.

“We recognize the President’s commitment to ensuring a level playing field for all election candidates.

“Furthermore, we commend the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its innovations, particularly in the area of ​​technology, to ensure free, fair and credible elections.

“However, we call on the commission to ensure that this technology is deployed in a transparent manner, in order to increase people’s confidence in the electoral process,” the group advised.

“We therefore renew our call on all our faithful, laity and clergy, to come out in droves to vote for people of unassailable integrity.”

They called on Nigerians to vote for people of good character, capable and proven to lift the nation out of the current socio-political and economic slump, regardless of partisan, religious and ethnic affiliations.

They noted that it is through good political choices that the current situation in the country could be improved.

The group also congratulated Pope Francis for creating another cardinal in the person of His Eminence, Cardinal Peter Okpaleke, Bishop of the Diocese of Ekwulobia.

They called on Nigerians to turn their attention to God in prayer and fasting for the country to do things right.

“We call on our fellow citizens to continue fasting and prayers to prepare for serene and peaceful elections.

“In campaigns and election campaigns, we urge politicians to avoid policies of bitterness, division and religious bigotry.

“If we succeed in doing these things, we will indeed cross the threshold of a new dawn in our country,” they noted.


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