By Mark Orgu, News/Comments, January 16, 2023
The Conference of Major Superiors of Nigeria, (CMSN), an umbrella body for the Major Superiors of Religious Institutes and Societies of Apostolic Life in Nigeria, has advised Nigerians to remain resolute in the quest for a better Nation, as she prepares for the general elections in less than six weeks from now.
The Conference was held at the Domus Fidei Eucharistic Heart of Jesus Generalate, Ikeja, Lagos State last week with the theme: “Inter-Generational Dialogue: Towards Building Synergy in Consecrated Life in Nigeria”. The conference, addressing her members, noted that Consecrated Persons are called to live a life of community and imbibe the spirit of synodality. Stressing that members are called to be open to dialogue across all generations: “a dialogue that resolves differences and promotes unity in diversity”.
L-R, The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, His Lordship, Rev. Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins, (14th), with other priests and Sisters in a cross session photo during the conference
In a communique jointly signed by CMSN Presidents and Executive Secretaries, Very Rev. Fr. Ikechukwu Anthony Kanu, OSA, for, (President CMSN-Men), and Sr. Adenike Regina Oke, SSMA, (President NCWR); Rev. Fr. Gregory Ezeokeke, CMF, (Secretary CMSN-Men), and Sr. Patricia Nwamaka Nwafor, OP, (Secretary NCWR), called on well meaning Nigerians to rise up against the evils that have besieged the nation while admonishing that the election before us should bring the desired change and hope.
Describing the state of the nation, the communique reads:
“As a nation, we are in a critical moment faced with challenges that border on economy, security, politics and other issues. We are battling with acute shortage of fuel, high rate of inflation, continuous kidnapping, killings, banditry and other uncertainties”.
Awakening the government to her responsibility towards the citizens of Nigeria, the communique reads:
“We call on the government to be proactive in ameliorating the sufferings of the masses and to secure the nation. As we approach our general elections, we appreciate the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria for composing the beautiful prayer for free, fair and peaceful elections in Nigeria and we also acknowledge the signing of the electoral bill. We are enjoined to be faithful to the prayer and encourage all Nigerians of voting age to collect their PVCs, go out to vote and to vote for credible candidates, shun election rigging and violence, vote buying and selling”.
CMSN emphasized the need for Nigerians to engage in inter-generational dialogue in order to promote peace, unity and to resolve conflicts, promote mutual respect and kindness starting from families, religious communities and the society at large, openness to the language of different generations for better understanding among others.
The conference was a a huge success and adds to the voice of several well meaning Nigerians in denouncing evil and promoting the course of peace and progress for Nigeria.
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