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Bishops Conference condemns calls for division of Nigeria

FROM: PAUL ORUDE, BAUCHI

President, Conference of Catholic Bishops of Nigeria (CBCN), His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Ignatius Kaigama, has cautioned those calling for division of the country to have a rethink, saying that such agitations were not healthy for the country.

Kaigama who is the Archbishop of Jos and Metropolitan of Jos Ecclesiastical Province, stressed that the unity of the country was sacrosanct.

He appealed to groups calling for the division of the country to jettison such ideas and rather join hands together with other groups to move the country forward.

The Archbishop stated this in a speech at the ordination of the new Bishop of the Bauchi Catholic Diocese, Rt. Rev. Hilary Nanman Dachelem, which held on Thursday at the Multipurpose Indoor Sports Hall, Bauchi State.

He said: “The call for secession by some groups in the country is unhealthy for Nigeria.

“We are better as a one united and indivisible nation. One group says ‘go’ and another group say ‘we want to go’. All these clamours are not healthy for us as one great United Nation.”

Kaigama appealed to both religious and political leaders irrespective of ethnic differences to come together, set aside every selfish interests and primordial sentiments for the unity if Nigeria.

He expressed confidence in the God-given leadership qualities of the widely-travelled new Bishop who speaks several Nigerian languages including Igbo to be a bridge builder.

“I believe he will use his wealth of experience to unite all Nigerians in the Diocese,” he said.

Bishop Dachelem, succeeded Late Bishop John Gotok, who died in March, 2015, as the 3rd Bishop of the Diocese

The inauguration attracted the presence of Papal Nuncio to Nigeria, Antonio Guildo, John Cardinal Oneyekan, 69 Bishops notably Bishop Matthew Kukah among several prominent personalities.

Other dignitaries include the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong who was represented by the Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Town Planning, 1st civilian Governor of Bauchi State, Fidelis Tapgun, former deputy Governor of Plateau State, Pauline Tallen and many other dignitaries across the country.

Bishop Dachalem, appointed by Pope Francis on 31st May, 2017, was Parish Priest of Saint John Vianney Parish Kwande, Benue State.

In his inaugural speech, the new Bishop, thanked friends and faithful across the world who came to celebrate them promised to carry members of the Diocese irrespective of ethnic differences.

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 17th August 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Are we one great united nation as Kaigama said? From which context is he speaking? Political context? Religion context? Igbos of Biafra of the five south east states have Disintegrated under God given Republic Of Biafra. As long as it is God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states, nothing on earth will prevent its October 1st 2017 deadline with the political name Nigeria. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Emmanuel Chukwuma Umeh 18th August 2017 at 12:16 am

    Unity of NIGERIA from the diversity of the tribes and cultures are necessary, only on the ground of all-inclusive democractic transparency, sincerity, openness and honesty, which demonstrates all-inclusive equity, equality, fairness and social justices!

    This is why all-inclusive democractic restructuring of NIGERIA that clearly reflects social equality for all tribes and cultures, without exemption, including the minor tribes across all States and Local Governments in NIGERIA, is unaviodably necessary in every democractic and civilized way of reasoning!

  3. Emmanuel Chukwuma Umeh 18th August 2017 at 12:21 am

    Unity of NIGERIA from the diversity of the tribes and cultures are necessary, only on the ground of all-inclusive democractic transparency, sincerity, openness and honesty, which demonstrates all-inclusive equity, equality, fairness and social justices!

    This is why all-inclusive democractic restructuring of NIGERIA that clearly reflects social equality for all tribes and cultures, without exemption, including the minor tribes across all States and Local Governments in NIGERIA, is unaviodably necessary in every democractic and civilized way of reasoning!

    But the main problem is that the self-centered and selfish politicians in NIGERIA would never want it happen, except they are supernaturally dealt with by God Almighty, which will surely happen soonest than expected!

  4. Ezekiel Okeke 18th August 2017 at 6:37 am

    @Umeh, I have asked you to provide blue print of your all-inclusive democratic structure, in which south east will have 19 states like political north base on your equality etc. Nothing from you, but you kept shouting all-inclusive democratic structure like a programmed machine. You are not better than Kanu who want a Biafra that includes states in the south south to Benue etc. but never go to the said states to campaign for it and hold referendum in the said states. He only kept making empty noise of public disturbance and confrontations in God given Biafraland of the five south east states that have already decided for Republic Of Biafra democratically in a referendum by sit-at-home. Ekweremadu emphasized the point I have long pointed to- which is to be Realistic.

  5. Ezekiel Okeke 18th August 2017 at 6:47 am

    @Umeh, as I have already said, any Igbo man or woman who do not stand for the God given Republic Of Biafra of the five south east states, must vacate Biafraland of the five south east states before October 1st 2017 and will never have Biafran citizenship rights. The battle against the enemy- political poor northern bandits in the name of Nigeria has begun, strike point number one is their barracks and thugs in God given Biafraland of the five south east states. God Is With Us!!!

  6. mazi offor joseph okereke 18th August 2017 at 10:58 am

    when bishops, pastors, rev. fathers, clergies and laities leave the onerous task of winning souls for Lords vine yard to delve into politics and politicking,that’s the end of this of this country that is structured in inequality, hatred, double standard, nepotism, corruption, mediocrity and what have you ills in the society. how can the catholic bishop conference rose from their meeting and condemned division of the country nigeria with corresponding condemnation of the causes. are the bishops not aware that the senate recently vetoed restructuring which was the yearning of majority of nigerians. even the devolution of powers. why were they not part of their communique. i respect men of god because god says do not my anointed any harms, but when the anointed begin to derelict in the sermons that will bring equity, love, peace and unity and wallow in mundanes, i take away any respect i have for them Gods willing. are the bishops saying that the way nigeria is today is good. south east has 5 states and other regions have 6&7 states. lagos has 17 local govts and kano has 40 local governments. is that equity that will bring no division?. i advise that you use your meeting to influence the government to listen to nigerians and carry majority opinions than this jackboot aloofness that will continue to be source division than the eluded unity you bishops are talking about. to show that the bishop conference is i don’t care conference, the incident in ozoubulu which was even in catholic church you people purport to be their leaders, such killings is not worthy of condemnation by your conference. political bishops.

  7. Alain 18th August 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Kaigama is of the satanic world. That was the serpent voice. I said, may your own boko haram unite you and your evil pavement supporters. In Biafra we stand. You will be disgraced soon and if you see when angry, you be very impressed and very dead.

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