Insecurity: Catholic Bishops lose faith in Fed. Govt

Catholic bishops in Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province rose from a conference in Ibadan, Oyo State, recently to express their loss of faith in the Federal Government’s ability to address the heightening insecurity in the country.
The Archbishop of Ibadan Archdiocese, Most Rev. Gabriel Abegunrin, after the conference, stated that “the lack of a clear pattern of punishing crimes and lip service commitment to the protection of lives and property on the part of the Federal Government and security agencies has left many Nigerian living in fear from day to day”.
The bishops said that their seemed to be no end in sight to the insecurity besetting the nations, especially with allegations of killings by Fulani herdsmen being left unattended to.
The prelates, who expressed their feelings in a communiqué, called on governments at all levels, traditional rulers and other civil authorities “to please save the country”.
Archbishop Abegunrin, who is also the President of Catholic Bishops conference of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province, was appalled that many people, including Catholic priests, have fallen to “this tragic all-insecure environment,” adding that “time is running out for Nigeria”.
He lamented that it is unfortunate that it had become common place for Nigerians to wake up each day to lament woes of killings, lynching, kidnappings and brigandage in the country”.
The bishops also appealed to the Federal Government to halt the attempt to license and tax on places of worship in the country, saying they suspected that government had a hidden agenda in the proposed action.
The bishop also called on the government to commit resources to the development and employment of youths in the South-West region, saying that it would reduce crime and illegal migration.