REPRESENTATIVES of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Nigeria met with President Jonathan yesterday in Abuja with terror attacks by the Boko Haram sect, alleged discrimination against Christians in the North and corruption top on the agenda.
The bishops, who yesterday ended a two-day prayer, seeking God’s intervention over “the worrisome state of insecurity” in the country, appealed to Jonathan to open discussions with Northern state governors and government agencies to “monitor the fate and problems of Christian minorities in the North.”
President of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference and Bishop of Jos Catholic Diocese, Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, also appealed to the President “to liaise with Northern governors to reconsider return and support of schools and how best to rescue society,” adding: “We request that religious instructions be allowed in primary, secondary and tertiary institutions and in state and federal media.”
Kaigama also called for concerted effort at addressing insecurity.
He said: “No single arm of government can do it. No individual can do it alone. All of us — traditional rulers, religious leaders, individuals, security agencies and the government —must work together. It is a terrible distraction for a great country like Nigeria to be suffering terrible embarrassment from different quarters.
“We are optimistic that, God willing, there will be an end to this problem. We have prayed and asked God to intervene and change the hearts of these evildoers, so that they can see our common humanity and use religion as an instrument of peace and social development and justice rather for killings.
“Other nations are progressing scientifically and technologically making life better for their people and here we are killing each other in the name of religion. We hope that this will stop.”