By: Joy Odor/Abuja
Reverend Father Raymond Iyina of Missionary of Saint Paul has strongly expressed dismay that Nigeria could become a suicide nation of death despite huge resources at her disposal if Insecurity is not Tackled.
He stated this in his Keynote address during their 2019 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of over 100 Nigeria Catholic Diocesan Priests’ Association (NCDPA) with the theme, “The Imperative of Good Governance for A Secured and Prosperous Nation” at Catholic Social Centre, Kaduna State, Tuesday, 18th June 2019.
Rev. Father Iyina informed that good governance is about social welfare and security of the people while, insecurity is lack of trust in the justice system.
In his welcome address, the Archbishop of Kaduna, His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Mathew Man-Oso Ndagoso said in the midst of confusion their duty is to give hope to the people through prayers.
“He also informed the Priests that the kidnapped priest in Kaduna is still missing, and have not heard anything from him in the last two months even after the ransom had been paid through friends, family contributions and efforts.
In his remarks, the National President of the NCDPA, Rev. Fr. Sylvester Onmoke said the Association has carefully chosen the Catholic Bishop Conference message and stepdown same for the grass root members to understand.
In his good will message, the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai who was represented noted that good Governance is the collective responsibility of all, and thanked Catholic leaders in kaduna for praying for peace during, and after the 2019 general elections.
The Agwatyap, Sir Dominic Gambo Yahaya, who spoke on behalf of Traditional Rulers from Southern part of kaduna expressed the need for
Prayers for improvement on security of lives and properties in their area in particular.
He appealed to Catholic Priests to always pray more for peace, unity and security of Kaduna State and Nigeria in general.
According to him, drug addictions among the youths and cultism, as well as poverty, posed serious problems in the society and required serious prayers to save the youths.
“We want church to talk more about the crises, drugs addiction, poverty ravaging the society, hampering education of children as parent could no longer pay fees.
“Messages and prayers by priests should be the target of insecurity, drugs addictions.
“Church should be more involved in Agriculture to alleviate poverty, take evangelism to the next level”, the royal father added.