Northern Catholic bishops blame leaders for political crises in Nigeria
– Hold memorial service, donate N2.5m to victims of Kajuru violence
Catholic bishops in the North have identified injustice by political leaders in the country as the major cause of unrest. They urged the government to work towards the promotion of peace and unity among citizens.
The Archbishop of Kaduna Catholic Diocese, Dr. Matthew Ndagoso, led the bishops of Sokoto, Zaria, Minna, Kano and the administrator of Kafanchan at a memorial Mass organised for hundreds of victims of Kajuru crisis and their families.
Also, they urged the Federal Government to ensure political and socio-economic stability in the country.
Besides, the clerics visited the Fulani communities in the area where they met with the leaders and parleyed with them on how they should join their Christian neighbours to ensure peace and development in the state.
The bishops donated N2.5 million to the victims and assisted the Fulani communities also with finance.
Archbishop Ndagoso, who spoke on the promotion of injustice in governance by political leaders in the country, said the evil robbed the nation of the peace and unity required for the development.
He spoke with journalists after the Mass conducted for the hundreds of the victims of the Kajuru crises and their families.
“As Church leaders, it is our duty to give hope, consolation, and joy in all circumstances of life to the families of victims of the crisis.
“We all know the story of Kajuru Council crises, especially within last year and the two quarters of this year. We knew what happened. If there is a problem between farmers and herders, it is not for us, as religious leaders, to take sides. Ours is to say the truth and ensure that justice is done to everybody.”
“We are where we are in this country because of inequality, simply because people are treated differently in terms of the provisions of infrastructure,” he said.
The Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Dr. Matthew Hassan Kukah, who addressed the families, relations and others at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Kufana in Kajuru, said the violence that occurred in the area “should teach Nigerians a great lesson not to entrust their faith in politicians, but God.
“Those that were killed did not die by the divine calling of God but were killed by evil men. My own God of the Catholic Church is not a supporter of evil. Our coming here is to see all affected persons, irrespective of tribe, religion.”