by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
Nigerians have been cautioned to take bold political decisions and target those, who will assist in solving the challenges of the country.
This was disclosed at the end of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos of Five days’ 19th General Assembly, which was presided over by the Catholic Archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Jos, Most Rev. Dr. Matthew Ishaya Audu.
A communiqué of the Assembly was issued to Conscience Triumph in Jos over the weekend, by Most Rev. Dr. Matthew Ishaya Audu and Very Rev. Fr. Daniel Gyang, who is Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Jos.
It stated that, “We thank God that we are growing in our conduct of elections where technical hitches have been reported in all elections that were conducted over the years; but notable success was recorded recently, compared to previous elections where Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) were not deployed.
According to the communiqué, “The success at the polls, therefore, requires considerable human and material outlay.”
It also observed that, “In Nigeria, vote buying and selling has become a peculiar and recurring phenomenon, and it is hoped that voters will shun the ‘highest bidder’ syndrome, and we must gauge our commitment against those, who see rulership as their birth right.
The communiqué observed that, “Nigerians, today, are going through one of the most divisive, murderous, corrosion and insecure experiences in our national life. In Nigeria, today, we are at the brink of despair; nothing seems to be working and everything seems to be going wrong. Our Universities are closed, insecurity and dishonesty everywhere.”
The communiqué noted that, “The 19th General Assembly was a wake-up call on the obvious levity that characterized the Eucharistic Celebration in our generation,” and called on the Priests and Eucharistic Ministers to be prepared spiritually and externally to celebrate the sense of reverence, decorum and dignity.
It also called on all to participate in the Eucharistic Celebration fully, actively and consciously, and also urged priests not to grow weary of the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament for adoration before morning Mass and Benediction in the evening of Sundays.
While encouraging the people together with the Priests to always adore the Eucharistic of Jesus, the communiqué also called on Priests to be available and accessible to those, who have obstacles in the way of partaking in the Eucharist, and let the people leave no stone unturned in removing their obstacles.