Catholic priests from the 36 states in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja has converged at Kaduna on Tuesday to discuss issues of insecurity in the country.
The gathering identified as the Annual General Meeting of the Nigeria Catholic Diocesan Priests’ Association took place at the Catholic Social Centre in Kaduna, the state’s Capital, Nation reports.
The event, themed: ‘The Imperative of Good Governance for a secure and Prosperous Nation.’ featured discourse in areas of killings, kidnapping, armed robbery, banditry and other related crimes confronting the country.
The Archbishop of Kaduna Diocese, Most Reverend Mathew Ndagoso- Manoso, at Mass conducted earlier at Our Lady’s Parish along the Independence Way, urged clerics to be frank in their discourse of issues affecting Nigeria.
He explained that good governance and security are together as such, the absence of one can frustrate the other, advising Nigerian leaders to “stop whatever they are doing and frontally confront the security challenges.
“Insecurity starts from where there is absence of government. The absence of government in certain parts of the country has brought us to where we are today. Our problem has always been the management of resources of the land.” He said.
Bishop Ndagoso- Manoso said, “Something is happening right now weather the government knows or not, is that the splinter group of the Boko Haram is providing services to the communities in Borno.
“They are collecting taxes because of the absence of government. This is dangerous.” He explained.