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Catholic church launches advocacy group, urges good governance

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The Catholic Diocese of Osogbo has inaugurated a movement, Catholic Action Nigeria, that will ensure that the total well-being of every Nigerian is guaranteed.

Catholic Bishop of Osogbo Diocese, Most Rev. John Oyejola, inaugurated the movement and installed its executive during a Holy Mass at St. Benedict Cathedral in Osogbo.

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The bishop said the movement would advocate good governance for citizens and urged members of the church to be actively involved in all the efforts of the group to ensure that candidates who have the interest of the masses at heart emerge in public offices at all levels.

The cleric urged all Catholics of voting age, including professionals and artisans, to join political parties of their choices to raise their voices and affect the much-needed positive change in the polity.

Oyejola said the group was not established to represent the interest of Catholics alone but all Nigerians in Osun State and called on all Nigerians to support the movement.

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ALSO, the Diocesan President of the group, Dr. Paul Oyebiyi, noted that the group was inaugurated to sensitise Christians to go into politics and bring about good governance in the country.

Oyebiyi said: “The Catholic Action Nigeria is established to represent the voice of the Church and ensure good governance in such way that the total well-being of every individual will be guaranteed: security, economic prosperity, good living and also achieving eternal home while on earth. It is also to carry out the vision of the church in our daily social living.

“We will also ensure that people go out to vote. We are encouraging Catholics to participate in politics. As many people that are interested and capable, we encourage them to go into politics, especially the younger generation because we want to build the generational gap.”

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