- Governor Aminu of Tambuwal of Sokoto state addressed the annual Catholic Bishops conference
- The conference is holding from Thursday, September 6 to Sunday, September 9 in Sokoto state
- The governor asked the bishops to continue praying for the nation
The governor of Sokoto state, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, has called on religious leaders in Nigeria to stand firmly as a bulwark against vices such as corruption, kidnapping and shedding of innocent blood by not only exposing perpetrators but sanctioning those within their folds.
The governor made this call in his goodwill message while addressing the annual catholic Bishops conference held in the state on Sunday, September 9.
He stated that he is pleased with the fact that the conference considers issues relating to the promotion of collaboration with other denominations within the church fold as well as people of other faiths.
He noted that the conference is a critical forum for the promotion of national unity and peaceful coexistence in Nigeria.
His words: “Besides the family unit, the church, mosque and school are society's main fountains for character formation and reinforcement. This is a role our religious leaders cannot afford to abdicate.
“They must stand firmly as a bulwark against vices such as corruption, armed robbery, kidnapping, unconscionable shedding of innocent blood and the wanton destruction of property by not only exposing perpetrators but sanctioning those within their folds.”
He also called for unity and peaceful coexistence, noting that the geopolitical, socio-cultural and ethno-religious composition of Nigeria is not an accident because God does not, and indeed cannot, make a mistake.
“It is a divine reality at the foundation of our coexistence and prosperity as a people and as a nation. Those who consider these factors as spices for divisive politics do the nation grave harm and disservice,” he added.
He argued that it is unfortunate that the appropriation of these factors as tools of divisiveness is promoted by the absence of good governance, stressing that where there is fairness and justice; where there is transparency and equality; where there is equitable patronage of all citizens and groups, the flame of nationalism will be ignited and foul spirit of ethnicity and religion will take flight.
He urged the church to pray for the country, adding that If the nation ever needed prayers for divine intervention, now is that time.
“My Lords, Nigeria faces challenging times: a slow- paced development, a crawling economy, a fledgling democracy, a precarious security situation and indeed an endangered polity bedeviled by heightened divisiveness.
“Indeed the forthcoming 2019 general elections is another challenge in its own rights. As you deliberate at this auspicious conference, I implore you to consider prayers as a priority,” the governor said.
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Meanwhile, the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has condemned the recent killings in Barkin Ladi local government area of Plateau state.
CAN, however, urged residents in the area to be very vigilant while security agencies embark on a manhunt for the perpetrators.
The chairman of CAN (Northern zone), Reverend Yakubu Pam, in a statement sent to journalists, said the way and manner the locals were shot dead, was an indication that some people were plotting to return Plateau state back to its dark days of the past.
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