Nigerian bishops: Government should seek the common good

Catholic News Agency | 3/19/2019 | Staff
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Abuja, Nigeria, Mar 19, 2019 / 01:51 pm (CNA).- After a recent gathering, the Catholic bishops of Nigeria called on local residents and officials to promote the common good by fostering respect for the human person.

“We enjoin all Nigerians, leaders and the led, to abide by democratic principles such as respect for human life, human rights and the rule of law,” they said in a March 15 communique.

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“We also encourage the electorate to ensure that those who hold public offices in our country are held accountable. We equally urge all Nigerians to eschew all forms of indiscipline and corruption and be resolute rather than lose hope in our struggle for a better future and nation.”

The bishops of Nigeria gathered in Durumi, Abuja, from March 10-16. The statement released by the bishops’ conference summarized the meeting, was signed by Archbishop Augustine Akubeze of Benin City and Bishop Camillus Umoh of Ikot-Ekpene.

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At their plenary meeting, the bishops discussed the recent elections, which were primarily held Feb. 23 after a last-minute delay from the prior week.

In considering the goal of politics, the bishops stressed the importance of the common good, which must be founded in virtue - rooted not only in the practice of social justice but also a culture of life.

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“The pursuit of this good must be based on the respect for the sanctity and dignity of human life and the equality of all people. The Common Good presupposes respect for the human person and requires the social well-being and development of the group itself,” the bishops said in their statement.

Also discussed in their meetings was the role of the Church in Nigerian to educate the laity, especially the youth. Catholic social teaching should be simplified and given in practical examples to ensure “an effective socio-political formation of all the people,” the...
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