Catholic Bishops within the Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have cried out over what they term an unease around the nation, signaling the loss of Nigeria’s soul.
The Province Chairman and Secretary, Revd Gabriel Abegunrin and Revd Akin Oyejola, stated in a communique that “Nigeria, our country, seems to have lost its very soul because it is no longer a healthy entity, and as such, its people have lost the cohesive elements of human relationships.”
They were of the opinion that the good health of any nation consists in its capacity to offer its citizens a territory where “they can feel at home, feel secure and enjoy the basic necessities of life” but lamented that in Nigeria, “armed conflicts, armed robbery, kidnapping for ransom, insurgency, banditry, and extrajudicial killing persist as the order of the day”.
According to Channels TV, the clergymen noted that a nation that has lost its soul is characterized by inept, uncaring leadership which functions by selective allocation of posts, privileges, and resources and by selective application of justice.
They added that such a nation takes food out of the mouths of its own citizens and watches them starve; deploys its scarce resources to the advantage of the rich and powerful while offering mere crumbs to the poor and weak.
The statement read in part: “A nation that has lost its soul, therefore, breeds a citizenry where nobody cares for anybody else. Nigeria exhibits all of these traits, no doubt. Its constitutive principles of justice, equity, and fair play have clearly fallen apart and the country is no longer at ease. No doubt, the very soul of Nigeria needs to be recovered.”