Public officials genuinely identified to have looted the treasury must be brought to justice, Catholic bishops said at the weekend.
According to them, Nigerians must transcend ethnic, religious and regional affiliations and sentiment to guarantee sustainable success in the fight against corruption. The bishops said Nigerians, who are...
found to have “either stolen or recklessly used the national wealth, must be compelled to make comprehensive restitution”.
They spoke under the umbrella of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), in a communiqué after their second plenary meeting in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital.
The conference ended at the weekend with the communiqué signed by the CBCN President, The Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, and the Secretary, Most Rev. William Avenya.
It was made available yesterday in Ado Ekiti by the Bishop of Ekiti Catholic Diocese, the Most Rev. Felix Ajakaye.
The bishops also advocated for a drastic reduction in the cost of governance to address the massive poverty in the land and make government more responsive to the yearnings of Nigerians.
The bishops urged Nigerians to eschew personal interest, political vendetta and bitterness in the fight against corruption.
They described as a welcome development the government’s determination to make the fight against corruption and insurgency central to its programme.
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