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The change of department heads has yet to produce results – Catholic Bishops

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Catholic bishops under the auspices of the Nigerian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (CBCN) said the change in department heads by the federal government has yet to produce the desired effect.

They spoke through the president of the CBCN, Bishop Agustine Akubueze yesterday in Enugu during the second plenary session of Catholic bishops which is taking place in Enugu.

The clerics stressed that the level of insecurity in all parts of the country was of great concern to them, adding that many of them had to bury their deceased worshipers due to insecurity due to the activities of kidnappers, cultists and accidents. of the road caused by bad roads.

They therefore called on federal, state and local governments to shoulder their responsibilities, noting that many Nigerians are dying in inevitable deaths.

“The federal government changed the heads of departments after many Nigerians shouted loudly for change, the change has yet to produce the desired effect. The level of insecurity in all parts of the country is of great concern to us bishops. Many of us bishops have had to bury our deceased faithful due to insecurity due to the activities of kidnappers, bodybuilders, traffic accidents caused by bad roads. So many Nigerians are dying in inevitable deaths, the federal government, state and local government must take responsibility, ”they said.

On electoral reform, they firmly rejected any form of electoral system that could not respect the vote of Nigerians, stressing that the world is moving towards a more digital system.

They suggested that electoral reform in Nigeria should align this change, saying that electronic transmission of results should be worked on while rigging elections at various collection points should be a thing of the past.

“Electoral reform should allow more transparent reporting of results quickly to facilitate the resolution of electoral issues.

“Each of us must work for the development of Nigeria. We need to develop the idea of ​​taking personal responsibility for our actions. The electorate must hold their political leaders for their actions, ”they said.

On the call for secession launched by parts of the country, the clerics declared: “The first step to be taken is an open and unconditional dialogue. It is always better to have a dialogue than to take up arms. No one should be celebrating the murder of military personnel in different states. No military man should intimidate a Nigerian for his opinions. We call for respect for the diversity of points of view.

“The call for constitutional reforms that respect the rights of every Nigerian and provide the opportunity for equal access to Nigeria’s resources is something that should be treated fairly.

“The right to self-determination should follow a civilized model and should not be demonized. The church believes the government should avoid criminalizing those who disagree with them.

They said freedom of speech and respect for diverse opinions must be respected, and praised Nigerians for their patience in the face of what appears to be a repeated failure of the government to meet minimum government requirements.

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