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Bishop Blames Insensitivity Of Political Leaders For Spate Of Protest By Youths

Posted: Nov 9, 2015 at 10:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, has attributed the spate of protest by the youths and civil disobedience to insensitivity of political leaders to plight of the people.

Ezeokafor made the statement on Sunday during his pastoral visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Awka.

During the visit, the Bishop administered the Sacrament of Confirmation on 295 young Catholics to symbolically receive the Holy Spirit as Christians.

He appealed to political leaders in the country to create an enabling environment to generate employment in order to keep the youths from being idle which often lead to frustration.

Commenting on the protests by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Ezeokafor said it was an indication of discontent of the teeming masses with lack of equity in the land.

He recalled that Nigeria had experienced such other agitations like the Odua Peoples’ Congress (OPC), Niger Delta Militancy, the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People(MOSSOP), Boko Haram and now IPOB.

The cleric urged the Federal Government to utilise the abundant resources in the country to create employment for the people, adding that the use of force had never and could not be the solution.

He said: “Nigeria is so blessed but the leaders are using this wealth for themselves instead of taking care of the people.

“As I am talking to you now, millions of youths are unemployed, most of them are in the streets protesting and calling for attention.

“Our leaders must serve the people. I am not an economist but I know that if our resources were well managed, everybody will be happy.

“The other day, they were talking about giving N5,000 to over 25 million youths; that is a population of about five countries and that figure is conservative.

“If our leaders do the right thing, there will be no need for Boko Haram or IPOB. If the youths have something doing, they will leave those things.

“You cannot stop people from asking for what is their right; it is part of human nature.

“You need to listen to them, dialogue with them and see the merit in what they are asking for because the use of force cannot be the solution.”

The Administrator of the Cathedral, Rev. Fr. Patrick Chukwuma, said that the youths remained the future of any society and must be catered for.

He called on those who received confirmation to strive for Godliness as they had been spirituality empowered to live a Godly live of new innovation and strong character.

He prayed for the `Will of God’ to prevail in the lives of Nigerian youths and the country.