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You said ‘I belong to everybody’ but reality on ground is contrary, Bishops Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, President Of CBCN To President Buhari


The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) says President Muhammadu Buhari has not kept to his commitment to “national integration and cohesion” promised Nigerians in his inaugural speech on May 29, 2015.


This was contained in a communique issued by Ignatius Ayau Kaigama, president of the CBCN, at the end of a meeting in Taraba state.

The bishops said the inability of the federal government to address the inequitable situation in the country has resulted in a breeding ground for violent reactions, protests, and agitations.

“In his inaugural speech as civilian president of Nigeria on 29 May 2015, the president sent out a message of hope and of his commitment to national integration and cohesion,” communique read.

“He said: ‘Having just a few minutes ago sworn on the Holy Book, I intend to keep my oath and serve as President to all Nigerians. I belong to everybody and I belong to nobody. A few people have privately voiced fears that on coming back to office I shall go after them. These fears are groundless. There will be no paying off old scores.’

“More than two years later, the reality on ground and the verdict of most of our people across the nation – irrespective of religious affiliation, ethnic group or social status – point to the contrary. The inability of the government to address the inequitable situation in the country has provided breeding ground for violent reactions, protests and agitations, which exploit the grievances of different segments of the country.

“We call on government at all levels to urgently address these anomalies, remove everything that smacks of injustice, and give everybody and every part of our country a sense of belonging.

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