The Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province have decried the worsening crises of insecurity, economic instability, and rampant corruption plaguing Nigeria.
This was contained in a communique that shed light on the nation’s dire challenges issued by the bishops following a gathering at the Jubilee Conference Centre in Ibadan.
Expressing profound concern, the bishops underscored the urgent need for swift action to address the multifaceted challenges gripping Nigeria. “The escalating insecurity, economic hardship, and pervasive corruption represent grave threats to the well-being of our nation,” the bishops stated.
The bishops expressed deep alarm at the escalating insecurity, characterized by a surge in kidnappings, killings, and terrorist activities across the country.
Calling for urgent measures to restore peace and stability, the bishops noted that “the deteriorating security situation demands immediate intervention to safeguard the lives and livelihoods of our citizens,”
According to the bishops, the severe economic hardships afflicting millions of Nigerians are exacerbated by hyperinflation, currency devaluation, and widespread poverty.
“The crippling effects of economic hardship are driving millions of Nigerians into destitution and despair,” lamented the bishops, urging comprehensive economic reforms to alleviate the suffering of the most vulnerable.
In addition, the bishops condemned the endemic corruption corroding Nigeria’s institutions and undermining the fabric of society. “Corruption remains a pervasive scourge that undermines trust in government and hampers progress,” the communique further read.
The bishops called for decisive action to combat corruption and uphold the principles of transparency and accountability.
The communique issued by the Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province serves as a clarion call for concerted efforts to address Nigeria’s pressing challenges.
While reiterating the importance of collaborative action between government, civil society, and religious institutions, the bishops urged government officials to prioritize the well-being of the nation and take decisive action to confront insecurity, economic hardship, and corruption.
The communique was issued in light of what the bishops describe as escalating crises in Nigeria. Their call for urgent action underscores the imperative for collective efforts to restore peace, stability, and prosperity to Africa’s most populous nation.