No end to insecurity, say Catholic bishops

Catholic bishops on Tuesday said there seemed no end in sight to the insecurity confronting the country, alleging that the Federal Government was merely paying lip service to the issue.

The Archbishop of Ibadan Archdiocese and President of Catholic Bishops Conference of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province, Most Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin, lamented, “It is unfortunately a commonplace phenomenon that Nigerians wake up each day to lament woes of killings, lynching, kidnappings and brigandage in the country.”

 Abegunrin’s statements are contained in the communiqué he read at the end of the meeting of the province.

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He said, “Many people, including Catholic priests, have fallen to this tragic all-insecure environment.

“The lack of a clear pattern of punishing crimes and lip service commitment to the protection of lives and property on the part of the Federal Government and security agencies has left many Nigerians living in fear from day to day.

 “There seems to be no end in sight, especially with allegations of killings by Fulani herdsmen being left unattended to. Time is running out for Nigeria if security is not improved. We call on governments at all levels, traditional and other civil authorities to please save the country.”

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 They also appealed to the Federal Government to halt the attempt to license and tax places of worship in the country, saying they suspected that the government had a hidden agenda about the proposed action.

While saying that contemporary circumstances in Nigeria demand that government approached religious matters with utmost caution, the clerics called on the Federal Government to take a second look on the issue of licensing a place of worship for celebration of marriages and issuing of marriage certificates.

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They also called on governments to pay more attention and commit resources to the development of youths in the South-West region, saying, “Providing a conducive environment for growth, good education and employment opportunities, especially for the youths, will go a long way to reduce crime, illegal migration, human trafficking and suicide which threaten to become a way of life in many countries, including Nigeria.”

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