Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, CBCN, have called on President Muhammadu Buhari to save the nation from imminent collapse.
The prelates stated that the Nigeria, which gained her independence over 60 years ago, was falling apart while struggling to achieve the lofty goals of the founding fathers.
In a goodwill message to Nigerians late Tuesday night in Abuja, which was co-signed by the President and the Secretary of the CBCN, Most Rev. Augustine Obiora Akubeze, and Most Rev. Camillus Raymond Umoh, respectively, the Catholic Bishops called on the Federal Government to stop the present state of instability in the land to continue to fester and degenerate.
According to Vanguard, they noted that insecurity, clearly evident in widespread loss of lives and property, had remained unaddressed for long, and prayed for the nation to witness a more co-ordinated security strategy with state governments and other the military for winning this war against the bandits and insurgents to avoid the nation’s collapse.
The Bishop said, “Our country Nigeria has gone through many crises, and so far, has managed to survive them, by God’s grace.
“But the ongoing crisis in the country should be of grave concern to everyone who still believes in “one united nation under God”.
“We are really on the brink of a looming collapse, from which we must do all we can to pull back before the worst overcomes the nation. This is not merely crying wolf without cause!
“The very survival of the nation is at stake. The nation is falling apart. Serious insecurity, clearly evident in widespread loss of lives and property, for long unaddressed, has left the sad and dangerous impression that those who have assumed the duty and authority to secure the nation are either unable – or worse still, unwilling – to take up the responsibilities of their office. Time is running out and the situation needs to improve!
“The clamour for self-defense is fast gaining ground. Many ethnic champions are loudly beating the drums of war, calling not only for greater autonomy but even for outright opting out of a nation in which they have lost all trust and sense of belonging.
“The calls for secession on an ethnic basis from many quarters should not be ignored or taken lightly. Many have given up on the viability and even on the desirability of the Nigeria project as one united country.
“No wonder many non-state actors are filling the vacuum created by a palpable failure of government.
“The Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari can no longer delay rising to its obligation to govern the nation; not according to ethnic and religious biases but along the lines of objective and positive principles of fairness, equity and, above all, justice.
It is not too much for Nigerians to demand from Mr President sincerity both in the public and private domain. There are no more excuses.
“We, of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria, with members from all parts of Nigeria, are very highly disturbed about the present state of instability in the land. This must not be allowed to continue to fester and degenerate…”