Bring looters of treasury to justice-Catholic Bishops –
Written by Taiwo Adediran on September 21, 2015
Public officials genuinely identified to have looted the treasury must be brought to justice, Catholic bishops said at the weekend.
According to them, Nigerians must transcend ethnic, religious and regional affiliations and sentiment to guarantee sustainable success in the fight against corruption. The bishops said Nigerians, who are found to have “either stolen or recklessly used the national wealth, must be compelled to make comprehensive restitution”.
The conference ended at the weekend with the communiqué signed by the CBCN President, The Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama, and the Secretary, Most Rev. William Avenya.The bishops also advocated for a drastic reduction in the cost of governance to address the massive poverty in the land and make government more responsive to the yearnings of Nigerians.
The bishops urged Nigerians to eschew personal interest, political vendetta and bitterness in the fight against corruption.
They described as a welcome development the government’s determination to make the fight against corruption and insurgency central to its programme.
“We affirm that the war against corruption is not just a battle for virtue and righteousness in our land but a fight for the soul and substance of our nation.
”This is a collective responsibility that requires our collective efforts. All
Nigerians should be part of this struggle, which ought to be carried out at all levels, in order that we may recover our wasted opportunities.
“Those with the mandate to facilitate this process should be guided by a true sense of justice and act in accordance with the rule of law,” the bishops said.