President Muhammadu Buhari has reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring safety of lives and property of Nigerians and to bring to book those involved in unnecessary killings under the guise of Farmers/ Herdsmen clashes across Nigeria.
President Buhari, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha at the opening of the First Plenary of the Catholic Bishop Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) Conference in Abuja yesterday, said that the government is taking serious measure to end the tide of insecurity in the country.
President Buhari also stress the need for the church to use the large followership it controls to encourage the youths to follow in Apostle Paul’s doctrine, in order to spearhead and start exploring new things that can lead our nation to a better tomorrow.
According to Buhari, nations of the world did not attain greatness, until the church moved in the direction of greatness.
“Our growing population, particularly the youth, required entrepreneurial skills that will change their focus from over dependent on government on so called white collar jobs in the public sector. Making them self employed and employer of labour.
“I commend your partnership with the government in addressing the social economic challenges confronting the nation. I firmly believe in the relevance of the church in shaping the society through inculcation of norms, values and principles which it imbibes on its members and the society at at large.
“No doubt the church has in no small measure complimented the efforts of government in the time past and now. As you are aware this administration fully encourages interface dialogue amongst its various faiths in view of promoting religious harmony and peaceful coexistence,” he said.
The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, while delivering his address on the theme of the Conference titled; Entrepreneurship Awareness, What the Church can do, urged the federal government to do more in the provision of social amenities, infrastructure and employment of the timing population of idle youths.
According to Kaigama, this will no doubt lower the tension in the land and help us to regain the lost fame of being the happiest nation in which Nigeria was known.