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Cleric urges leaders to assist victims of terrorism

06 April 2015, 13:51

Lafia - The Catholic Bishop of Lafia Diocese, Dr Mathew Ishaya, on Monday urged Nigerian leaders to evolve strategies that would alleviate the suffering of the victims of terrorism and other evils acts.

Ishaya stated this when he spoke with the media in Lafia.

He said the call had become imperative in order to improve the standard of living of the victims of violence in the country.

Ishaya said the nation should give those people a sense of belonging.

"The security challenge facing the state and some parts of the country such as terrorism, communal crisis, among other evil acts, have affected our lives and the socio-economic development of the country negatively."

"Our brothers and sisters have been displaced; they are homeless due to the activities of Boko Haram, communal crisis and other forms of violence in the society. There is need to assist in reducing their suffering."

"I want to task the world and Nigerian leaders to work out strategies that will permanently alleviate the suffering faced by the victims of Boko Haram and others form of violence in order to improve their standard of living."

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"Our role is to preach and to ensure that peace and unity of the state and Nigeria at large are sustained."

"No meaningful development can be achieved in any society without peace. Peace is priceless and non-negotiable”, the cleric further stated.

He said the Federal Government had done its best in fighting terrorism.

Ishaya called on Christians and other Nigerians to use the Easter period to demonstrate generosity to the less-privileged persons in order to give them a sense of belonging.

The catholic bishop also urged the people of the state to embrace peace and shun all forms of negative acts in order to inherit the Kingdom of God, saying that no religion encourages violence.

He called on Nigerians, especially the youths, to be law-abiding and respect constituted authority.

The bishop urged the people of the state to live in peace and tolerate one another irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliations. 


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