The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, Cardinal John Onaiyekan, has lamented that Nigerians are getting poorer and having a sense of hopelessness beneath the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
He urged the President to alter his fashion of management if Nigeria should get better from its present social-economic disaster.
Onaiyekan, who stood in for the President, Catholic Bishops Convention, Archbishop Augustine Akubeze, said this whereas delivering a message on the inter-denominational church service for the 2019 presidential inauguration ceremony on the National Christian Centre, Abuja over the weekend.
Talking on the theme: “Allow us to selected life, not dying,” Onaiyekan stated it was anticipated that the blame recreation by the administration was over, including that, “As we embrace a brand new time period of presidency, it must be for us a brand new alternative to alter methods and assessment habits of governance, for a greater Nigeria.
‘’We are able to and we should always do that, God has endowed us with assets to realize this, assets that we, sadly, flip into curses.
“The blame recreation of pointing accusing fingers at others won’t carry us far. For a constructive change to happen, we should all be prepared for a honest change of coronary heart, from the bottom to highest, however particularly on the highest ranges. Empty boast and barefaced denials of the realities round us can not construct the nation.
“At this second, we should always do properly to acknowledge our failure to do issues the suitable manner. Right here, the phrases of the Psalmist ought to problem every of us.
“The reality is that our nation will not be in a state for us to rejoice. The ranks of the poor are swelling by the day, hopeless and helpless, as they watch in frustration the affluence of the only a few cruising in a unique world. Such broad social financial disparity has led to anger, pressure, violence and outright criminality within the land. All will not be properly. However all will not be misplaced both.
“Once more, right here we should inform the reality. For too lengthy, we now have been seeing what appears to be a coverage of polarisation of the nation alongside primordial fault strains of ethnicity and faith. The result’s that we now have been indulging within the dangerous recreation of ’dancing getting ready to chaos’.
“We have no idea for the way lengthy we are able to proceed to get away with this. However the handwriting on the wall is kind of clear for all who cared to see. It’s unhappy that no situation is everlasting: actually not the current state of our nation.
“Our ethnic range is God’s will and present that we ought to understand and have fun. We should always watch out for those that search to control this in a recreation of divide and rule, for egocentric pursuits.
“In our rising world world, we must be constructing on our lengthy expertise of dwelling collectively throughout ethnic strains, if we aren’t to permit ourselves to be left behind in our quick creating trendy world.
“We live in a world the place many are abandoning religion in God, at nice price to humanity now and sooner or later. We do properly to commend ourselves for our usually excessive degree and of non secular fervor.
‘’But when that is to translate right into a righteous nation, we should all search the desire of God for good human relations. This cuts throughout our non secular variations and affiliations. Faith is nice, however not sufficient.
“Faith evokes a powerful feelings that must be deployed for fixing the ills of our nation, not compound them. Those that manipulate faith for his or her egocentric political curiosity find yourself destroying faith and harming the nation. Our structure will not be good.
“However its fundamental provisions about freedom of faith are legitimate and have to be scrupulously revered by all, particularly by those that management state devices of coercion,” stated the Archbishop.