Catholic bishops say Nigerians must act and change their situation.

“We cannot remain indifferent while things get out of hand, or else, sooner or later, we will no longer have a country to call our own,” they say in the statement signed by the archbishop. Alfred Adewale Martins of the Archdiocese of Lagos and Bishop Francisco Adesina of Diocese of Ijebu-Ode.

They emphasize the need for change, saying: “No country can prosper in an atmosphere of chaos and anarchy. Certainly not Nigeria.”

For this reason, the bishops call on the Nigerian government to “live up to its legal obligation to protect the life and property of Nigerians of all faiths and of all religions, and to give them a sense of belonging.” ”.

They also call on Nigerians to join in rebuilding the nation.

“We can answer this call for national renaissance by being the change we want, making the necessary adjustments in our daily activities to stand up for the truth at all times. We must flee from evil and from all corrupt practices, and defend what is just and uplifting”, they say.

The Catholic Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Lagos add: “It is time that we begin to say ‘No’ to all the vices that burden us as a people, and promote positive values ​​in all spheres of our national life.”

They also urge Nigerians to remain optimistic, saying, “We strongly believe that our country, Nigeria, will be great again, despite the many challenges we are currently facing.”

“We face 2023 with optimism and hope, urging Nigerians not to let the challenges of the year that has just ended overwhelm them, but to remain focused and prayerful as we work together for a better future for ourselves and generations to come. . ”

Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with a passion for Church communication. She has a degree in Social Communication from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ICA Africa.