The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria,(CBCN) has lamented that the flawed implementation of the cash swap policy, which resulted in a cash crunch, has added to the ordeal, hunger, anger and Frustrations of the people
In the communique entitled: “Citizens Participation In Good Governance In Nigeria”,,the Bishops used the occasion to called on Nigerians to choose leaders capable of governing the nation for the common good.
Signed by the President, CBCN, Most Rev. Lucius Ugorji, Archbishop of Owerri and Secretary, Most Rev. Donatus Ogun, OSA, and made available to journalists by Most Rev. Felix Ajakaye, Catholic Bishop of Ekiti Diocese,they lamented that the economy has continue to make life difficult and hard for the people, as the value of the naira continues to decline, the high cost of goods and services, including food items, continues to soar.
The Bishops called on government to continue to stand up to their primary responsibility of safeguarding the lives and property of Nigerians.
“We enjoin all to strengthen security measures in their homes and institution. We call on all Nigerians to be law-abiding and vigilant and to shun all forms of violence and criminality”.
“We urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and its officials to ensure that their conduct in the entire electoral process are transparent, honest and beyond reproach.
“We continue to enjoin the commission to make sure that the newly adopted technologies for accreditation, transmission and collation are transparently and sincerely deployed and not manipulated to give false results”
The communiqué called said the media have a crucial role to play in entrenching good and democratic governance, by providing the necessary information that empowers the citizens not only to engage the political class in debates on the issues that affect their lives, but also, to exercise their democratic choices and informed decisions about public issues.