Catholic Bishop to Buhari: ‘Lead with a human heart’

A Catholic Bishop and representative of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Arch Bishop of Kafanchan Diocese, Joseph Bagobiri, says Nigeria isn’t enjoying peace because its people have continued the blind pursuit of self-centred and parochial interest.

Bagobiri, who disclosed this in Abuja, charged the new administration to make justice, fairness and equity its watchword, as a means of ensuring the support of Christians and all Nigerians.

“We have since our amalgamation in 1914, and all through our 55 years of independence as a sorrowing state, not been successful in harnessing our plurality; our diversity, into a rainbow of peace and sustainable development.

“We need Nigeria first, before all the other contending things that we are fighting and struggling for.”

“We didn’t have any problem with this government coming into power. We support this government we pray daily for this government. But we advise this government to enthrone justice fairness and equity,” he said.

He also urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to be tempted to use anti-graft agencies for selfish gains.

“Nigerians are very smart people. Nigerians are very intelligent people. If you are fighting corruption for the sake of corruption, Nigerians understand it.

“If we mistakenly give in to the temptation of using government apparatus like the EFCC, the ICPC, and their likes as instruments to scold; instruments of revenge and vendetta, sooner or later we will not be able to go on.”

“Whatever polices we are going to carry out, they must have a human heart guiding them. They must have also a human face.

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