Nigeria

Catholic bishops say the parliament is not working for Nigeria’s development

Ibadan Spiritual Catholic bishops claimed that the current members of the National Assembly did not pass a law to move the country forward.

The clerics frowned as the security situation inside Nigeria increased and said the country was no longer comfortable. They also condemned the Senate’s claim on the press bill.

This is stated in a statement issued at the end of the meeting of bishops at the Akure Domus Pacis Pastoral Institute in the capital of Ondo province.

The communiqué was issued by Secretary General Gabriel Abegunrin and Bishop John Oyejola, President and Secretary of the Spiritual Provinces.

It consists of Ibadan Spiritual Province, Ibadan Catholic Diocese, Ilorin, Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti and Osogbo dioceses.

In the presentation, the clerics said that the country needs a spiritual and moral revival that “will return the common positive values ​​to their rightful place in our policy.” These values ​​include honesty, truthfulness, integrity, accountability, and the fear of God. ”

The communiqué reads: “The ongoing controversy over the conduct of the Milli Majlis provides ample evidence of the absurdity of democratic representation in Nigeria. Whether it’s electoral reform, electronic transmission of election results, freedom of the press, or the Oil Industry Project, the work of those who represent the people in Nigeria at the federal level is not very satisfying to those who care about their interests. is claimed to have been elected.

“As the Milli Majlis at various times prioritizes parties and privileges over the rights and interests of the people, peace and progress continue to flee Nigerians. Simply put, those who claim to represent the people seem to have perfected the art of sabotaging the progress of the same people.

“As we have done in the past, we reiterate that only the truth can set us free. Nigeria must allow it! The attempt of the Nigerian Parliament to silence the press and punish journalists simply for their work must be completely rejected. We believe that freedom of expression is a fundamental human right guaranteed by the constitution and cannot be alienated by any government in at least one democracy.

The bishops called on the country’s media and civil society groups to continue educating people “so that Nigeria can benefit from it.” They also urged people to register and obtain their voters’ cards, and to exercise their right to choose who governs them from time to time.

“For the sake of our democracy, this right, which is used responsibly, must be protected. We support Bishop Kukah in his efforts to reveal the truth about the situation in Nigeria in order to improve things. We urge the Nigerian government to learn not to view criticism as an attack or a crime, ”the clerics said.

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