Abia - The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) has called on the Federal Government to be more vigilant in its efforts to checkmate terrorist activities in Nigeria.
The bishops made the call in a nine-point communiqué they issued on Friday, at the end of their conference in Umuahia.
The communiqué, stated that being more vigilant, especially at the borders, would help the country to checkmate ``any foreign sponsors of terrorist activities in Nigeria''.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the President and Secretary, CBCN, Most Revs. Ignatius Kaigama and Alfred Martins respectively signed the communique, entitled: ``Promoting authentic development in Nigeria’’.
It noted that Nigerians were living in fear and tension as a result of terrorist attacks.
According to the bishops, kidnapping, murders and armed robberies, have left many killed and maimed in different parts of the country.
The conference also called on security agencies and the government at all levels ``to wake up to their duties to protect and defend the life and dignity of everybody in the country”.
The bishops said, ``patients response’’ by Christians ``in the face of sustained attacks on Christians and churches’’ was ‘’not borne out of cowardice''.
It stated that the patience by Christians was as a result of ‘’universal Christ-like love, religious maturity and genuine patriotism.’’
On corruption, they urged the government and anti-graft agencies to muster the courage and sincerity to fight the scourge.
They expressed concern that ‘’very little’’ had been done to thoroughly investigate and prosecute top government officials and prominent Nigerians allegedly involved in the fuel subsidy scam.
They called a governance that would ‘’entail active and critical participation of the citizenry in the formulation of policies and in their implementation.’’
The body also called for proper education and enlightenment of the citizenry by the government on its political and economic choices it made on behalf of the people.
‘’This will constitute the appropriate response to the people’s right to good stewardship, transparency and accountability,’’ the conference said.
The bishops also called for caution by the various governments, in obtaining foreign and domestic loans.
According to them, reckless borrowing ``would adversely affect proper economic growth and mortgage the future of our country''.