“Stop playing the ostrich on insecurity”, Catholic Bishops blast FG

The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), yesterday, urged the Federal Government to rise to its responsibility of arresting and prosecuting those terrorising innocent Nigerians, rather than playing the ostrich on matters of insecurity.

This was the Bishops’ reaction to the report of how terrorists bombed the Abuja-Kaduna rail tracks and attacked a train filled with passengers last week.

In a remark signed by its President and Archbishop-Elect of Owerri, Most Rev. Lucius Iwejuru Ugorji, the CBCN called on the government to take urgent steps to unmask the marauding terrorists and their sponsors without further delay.

The statement, titled, ‘Nigeria: A Nation Groans in Pains’ was made available to journalists through the National Directorate of Social Communications, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Abuja.

“The news of the recent attacks on trains by terrorists has attracted public outcry, outrage and grief. Nigerians are still mourning with anguished hearts over the brutal slaughtering of fellow citizens during those bloody attacks. We unequivocally condemn those brutal acts of barbarism and brazen assault on our sovereign dignity as a nation.

“The train route from Abuja to Kaduna has been the safety net for thousands of travelers commuting between both cities. Now the terrorists have proven that no one is safe on that route anymore.

Just last week, there were also reports that over 200 terrorists on motorbikes brazenly rode through the runway of the Kaduna International Airport in broad daylight, killing at least one person. All these occurred shortly after the incessant brutal attacks and killings by faceless terrorists in the communities of Southern Kaduna and many other parts of the Middle-Belt.

“All these atrocities against the people and the nation happen without a single arrest or prosecution seem to give credibility to the widespread belief that the government is complacent, helpless, or compromising.

“Considering the billions of Naira appropriated for security and the fight against terrorism in recent times, it is difficult to imagine that a large number of terrorists, who unleashed terror on unarmed and law-abiding citizens, can disappear in broad daylight without a trace.

The Catholic Bishops also expressed concerns over the lingering face-off between the government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), saying the industrial dispute left frustrating effects on young students, whose academic aspirations and ambitions have been disrupted by the strike.

They also called on the Government to take effective measures to address the hardship and suffering in the land.

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