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2015: Only credible elections will avert war – Catholic Bishops

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By Yaqoub Popoola, Correspondent, Ado Ekiti

Nigerian Catholic Bishops have advised President Goodluck Jonathan to allow the conduct of free, fair and credible elections in 2015 to avert war in the country.

They also advised him to be valiant by mobilising leaders of the political class, especially members of the dominant opposition parties, to resolve the lingering crises in the country.

In a statement issued after their retreat to mark the ‘Year of Faith’ in Abuja, the bishops believe that all the crises militating against the nation at present were caused by activities of politicians in preparation for 2015, cautioning the President to allow patriotism and national interest to prevail over narrow, partisan and selfish interests.

The statement, made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, on Tuesday, was signed by Most Rev. Ignatius Ayau Kaigama and Most Rev. William Avenga, President and Secretary of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) respectively.

The Bishops said: “At the moments of national crises such as we face now, patriotism and national interest should prevail over narrow partisan and selfish interests. Against this background, we urge the President to find the best way to end the crises over the leadership of the Governors’ Forum and the power tussle in Rivers state.”

While commending Jonathan for the initiatives aimed at resolving the Boko Haram crisis, including the declaration of a state of emergency in Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states, the bishops said “genuine amnesty should include offering pardon to repentant militants and not appeasing criminals and their sponsors to stay calm.”

They lamented that what the country is witnessing is the “cumulative effect and corrosive” impact of corruption, adding that the only solution is for all political leaders to summon the courage to use the relevant institutions of state to confront the monster.

While condoling with the families of security men that lost their lives in the course of their duty, the bishops called on the Federal Government to accord their families all the necessary support that befits the sacrifice made.

Article Credit: Daily Independent Newspaper

Updated 6 Years ago

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