The Catholic bishops of Abuja has challenged President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to ensure that the huge and frequent foreign loans are used for the development of the country as promised and eventually accounted for.
The body of clerics also tasked the federal government to do more and see the need to tackle the insecurity scourge in the country to make life safer and more meaningful for the people.
A communique the body issued in Abuja on Saturday itemized these calls and derived from a two-day General Assembly of the bishops, and was jointly signed by Most Rev Ignatius Kaigama, the Archbishop of Abuja, and Rev. Sebastian Musa, the Chancellor.
The bishops also condemned the violence and ceaseless attacks by insurgents, bandits, kidnappers and people with criminal motives all over the country.
They said the root causes of these crises and criminal acts are not unknown to the authorities, but the unhealthy sentiments seem to play out in the handling of the menace with kid gloves.
“As part of the dividends of democracy, we call on the government to put into judicious and effective use, the huge amounts being borrowed externally to run the affairs of government and finance projects across the nation.
‘’Many of our youths roam the streets with dim hopes for a brighter future. We cannot in Nigeria, therefore, remain blind to the issues of corrupt governance, unemployment, insecurity, the discontent among young people and the increasing inability of many to meet the basic necessities of life’’ it noted.