…Calls for dialogue.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna, Most Reverend Dr Matthew Man-Oso Ndagoso, has said that for peaceful coexistence in Kaduna, there must be a paradigm shift.
He also said that people should be treated equally, irrespective of religion or tribe, for peace to reign.
The Archbishop stated these during his homily at the Memorial Mass of Late Archbishop Emeritus Peter Yariyock Jatau in Marsa 1 Kafanchan Diocese of Kaduna State.
“If we really want peace, everybody must shift ground; we have ideas that we don’t want to share and we continue to stereotype people.
“A criminal yesterday could change tomorrow; we cannot continue to use the old structure, let there be a dialogue.
“Most of our conflicts start with individuals or small groups and spread. I believe that in the quest for enduring peace in southern Kaduna, in particular, and the state at large, a paradigm shift is needed. Stereotyping will lead us to nowhere.”
Archbishop Ndagoso noted with dismay that Kaduna state is known for crisis, which must not be, and called on the people of the state to live in peace and harmony, and urged government to make Covid-19 vaccine available to common man when it becomes available, while calling on all and sundry to abide by the Covid-19 guidelines.
“It is our sincere hope that when the vaccines eventually become available in our country, they will not be only for a privileged few – to the detriment of the poor and needy; they should be available and affordable for all,” he said.
He equally called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be fair in creating more polling units.
According to him, “Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has indicated plans to create more polling units throughout the country.
“We hope that our politicians are aware and are putting their acts together to make a strong case for more polling units in the entire southern part of the state that is currently disadvantaged in this regard.
“This is not a matter for partisan politics. It is a matter that borders on the future of the zone. All hands, therefore, should be on deck to have more polling units created to ease the suffering of our people during elections,” he stated.
Archbishop Ndagoso also commended the efforts of Proprietor of Nok University, Anthony Hassan, towards developing Southern Kaduna, and also called on well-meaning People of Southern Kaduna to do same.