Catholic Laity have been charged to mobilize themselves in unity for a political change to represent the core values of its social teachings of the Church.
The Episcopal Chairman for the Laity, His Lordship, Most Rev. John Niyiring OSA, gave the charge in his address at the opening ceremony of the 142 Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria (CLCN), National Executive Council (NEC) Meeting.
He spoke on the Theme: “Unifying Nigeria’s Divergent Diversity for National Cohesion and Greatness”, held at the Social Centre, Archdiocese of Kaduna, on Friday, September 27, 2019.
According to him, there is no group, country, political party or religion that can articulate the Catholic social teachings, to this end, he called on the laity to find a way to put their people in the political space.
“With the number of Catholic we have in the world, there is so much we can do to change the narrative of the Church through political change by the laity contributions.
“We concentrate more on diversity rather than unity but in order for us as a Church to move forward, there is need for unity in diversity”, he stressed.
Contributing, the Catholic Bishop of Kaduna Archdiocese, Most Rev. Matthew Man’oso Ndagoso called on President Muhammadu Buhari to do more in providing security for the citizenry and proper national integration of the country.
He noted that Nigerians have been so divided following the election of President Buhari, during the last election. “Anybody who cares for this country must be concerned about what is happening today regarding the insecurity.
“What is happening in the North-East which has crept into the North-West, South-East and South-West is becoming alarming,” he noted.
In his address, the National President of CLCN, Mr. Thomas Adekoya said the insecurity has bastardised the image of Nigeria before local and international communities and called for the restructuring of Nigeria for efficient management of security situation in the country.
He also charged the government, to “as a matter of urgency, initiate moves for the restructuring of the country and saddle the federating units, which should be the six geopolitical zones, to secure themselves.
The Laity President said, “It is saddening that our country, Nigeria, has continued to be in the eyes of local and international communities for the wrong reasons.
“For the past three months, or since we gave the last state of the nation address, no single day has passed without news of one gruesome killing or the other; one case of kidnapping or the other, raping of minors by matured men, including those who descend as low as raping their own innocent daughters,” he said.
Mr. Adekoya, however, lamented that their greatest worry is why the Catholic Church should be at the receiving end of most bizarre of the killings.
Earlier in his remark, the Kaduna CLCN President, Mr. Daniel Cletus decried the insecurity in Nigeria, saying it is a time bomb as the country is divided along religious and ethnic lines, and the citizens in abject poverty as a result of who you know syndrome.
“The choice of the theme is apt, considering the situation we have found ourselves today. The country is divided along religious and ethnic lines. Instead of utilizing our diversity to enhance greatness, a great number of citizens today are in abject poverty as a result of who you know syndrome.
“Considering the Who you know syndrome, most citizens have opted to be self-reliant, some are artisans, others are farmers, and the likes. Other setback to this category of people and indeed everyone is the security situation in this part of the country, from kidnapping to banditry, herdsmen and armed robbery and the likes”, Mr. Cletus noted.