AFRICA/NIGERIA - Bishops of Ibadan: "It is time for the government to prove that it can mantain its promises"

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Abuja (Agenzia Fides) - "After two years of the current government administration, Nigerians must not be told that the evils of the present moment stem from choices of past administrations. Our governments, at federal and state levels, have had enough time to demonstrate the ability to carry out the promised changes to Nigerians", say the Bishops of the Ecclesiastical Province of Ibadan, in a statement issued at the end of their meeting, sent to Fides .
The consultations of 2015 saw the election of Muhammadu Buhari, as President of the Federation who has raised cautious hopes with his anti- corruption campaign and the announced economic reforms. Economic conditions in Nigeria, however, have deteriorated because of the collapse in oil prices in recent years and, as the Bishops point out, there are Nigerians who suffer the recession of their income.
"There is a sense of hopelessness", the Bishops said. "This situation causes a perverse general feeling that manifests itself in the proliferation of false news, violent clashes, appeals to the division of Nigeria as well as rampant crime. It is urgent and necessary to restore the confidence of Nigerians in their country".
The Bishops, after noticing that the anti-corruption campaign of President Muhammadu Buhari "is losing force", ask the government to defend citizens in the face of violence especially the Fulani herdsmen and to try and improve the economic conditions by creating new jobs. (L.M.) (Agenzia Fides 22/02/2017)