Worried by the incessant killings of Christians in the north, Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Alfred Adewale Martins has urged President Mohammadu Buhari to take immediate steps to ensure safety and security of christians.
He said Christians now live in fear as they were treated like engendered species.
The cleric implored President Buhari to listen to the cries of citizens alleging that his silence to matters concerning Christians was worrisome. He also called for the release of Leah Sharibu.
Martins spoke at the celebration of the 53rd World Day of Peace at the Holy Cross Cathedral, Lagos.
According to him, Nigeria’s security needs to be taken more seriously to crush Boko Haram, ISWAP, kidnappers and rogue herdsmen, who have made life unbearable for Nigerians.
He described as sad, unfortunate and barbaric, the recent report of the beheading of 11 Christians, abducted by ISWAP—the Islamic State West Africa Province.
“Therefore, I plead with the Federal Government to put more decisive measures in place to curb the lingering cases of insecurity in the country in 2020.
“It is important that the security architecture of the nation be reviewed from time to time, even if it means changing personalities.
“So, I want them to focus a lot more on security as well as do a lot more in providing infrastructure necessary for growth.”
Martin also advised leaders to listen more and engage more in dialogue with the people, to feel the kind of sentiments the people were expressing.
“Leaders of any nation are going to get the best from the people, only if they listen to them and dialogue with them.
“When there is exchange of ideas and thoughts, then it is possible to really harness the energies that are within the nation.
“If any leader is interested in the country or people, then such a leader needs to seek peace and seek dialogue, to achieve that peace.”
Martin also told Nigerians to join hands with government to build a strong, united, peaceful and progressive nation.
He said the need to forge a peaceful and united country in the New Year, had become more desirable at this point in time.
“This has become necessary to curb the numerous divisive tendencies that have held the country hostage for years and hindered it from attaining real growth and development.”
Martin charged the federal, states and local governments to live above board by being sincere in their approaches to governance.
The archbishop said that government could achieve this by formulating policies that would be in the best interest of majority of the citizens.
Regardless of Martin’s fear, Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has predicted that 2020 would be a year of great turnaround for Nigerians.
Ezeokafor, who stated this yesterday during a Holy Mass to mark the third Ofala Festival of Igwe Innocent Obodoakor, traditional ruler of Agulu, Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State, urged Nigerians to keep hope alive as, according to him, the country would be prosperous and happier.
“In 2019, Nigeria faced a lot of challenges that threatened its unity, security and prosperity. Insurgency, corruption in the high places, disobedience to the rule of law, hardship and civil disobedience starred Nigerians in the face in the past year. 2020 comes with prosperity, happiness, peace and unity, and the strong desire by all Nigerians to belong to one indivisible entity.
“God has better plans for the people of this entity because, the people cried to God in their difficult situations, and He is willing to come to their rescue.