Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has reminded the Federal Government on its promises to Nigerians.
Outlining some of the promises such as corruption, insecurity and growth of the economy, the Catholic Bishops said they have remained a far cry for the government.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, Augustine Obiora, CBCN president, called on the federal and state government to bring an end to insecurity and prevent politicians from politicising the killings.
Obiora also called on Catholics nationwide to observe a 40-day fasting to end the killings in the country.
“The perpetrators of the killings must be brought to justice. Where there is no justice or justice is not seen to be done, there cannot be peace. Where there is no peace, there cannot be development,” the statement read.
“Any Government, State or Federal that wants peace must work for justice for everyone. There will never be sustained development built upon the bloodshed of innocent people brutally murdered by religious fundamentalists without any recourse to justice for the victims.
“We need not remind Nigerians that the present Federal Government came to power, promising Nigerians, the eradication of corruption, a guarantee of security to life and property, and rapid growth in the economy.
“The creation of jobs, and an enabling environment that engenders growth of the private sector; a significant increase in the supply of electricity to Nigerians, affordable and quality health care to Nigerians, and the revamping of the educational sector were the promises the Government continues to make.
“Many Nigerians, irrespective of political party affiliation, will affirm that these promises have remained a far cry. We strongly appeal to Nigerians to unite together in calling the Federal Government to give priority to these areas of our lives.
“To all Catholics, we request that you join in praying for forty days, starting from 22 August 2020 and ending 30 September 2020, the eve of Nigeria’s Independence Day.”