Allow governments’ policies to mature before criticisms, Catholic bishops tell Nigerians

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Some Catholic bishops have urged Nigerians to always give governments the benefits of the doubts before criticising any of the policies they initiate.

According to them, “Nigerians must allow policies to go through processes of maturation before raising alarms or before offering inaccurate assessments that can heat up the polity unnecessarily.”

This was disclosed by the Bishops of the Catholic Dioceses of Oyo and Osogbo, Emmanuel Badejo and John Oyejola respectively in their separate Easter messages.

Oyejola advised against fake news, saying, “We must be wary of “information without wisdom” and reject such from whatever quarters it comes from.”

The cleric asked Nigerians to be hopeful of a better country, adding,” As we continue to savour the joy of Easter, let us remain hopeful of a better, prosperous and comfortable Nigeria of our dreams. Hope is bold, it is capable of looking beyond personal convenience and narrow horizon of individual perception of reality.”

In his message titled: “Jesus Is Risen: Let Us All Witness to Hope,” Bishop Badejo informed Nigerians not to feel hopeless as the resurrection of Jesus Christ has brought hope to the world.

He said, “Jesus is risen! He has conquered sin and death and he is alive! He assures us all of the same fate. That is the message of Easter for every human being irrespective of their life condition. However, whereas the event and message of easter is always the same its message is going to be differently received from person to person, from place to place. Easter, the resurrection of Jesus means life, joy victory, freedom, justice forgiveness, compassion and peace. It means that no situation is too hopeless for God to turn around. Unfortunately, not all of us can feel it.

“In real life around us, many people are bereaved and deprived, many are in captivity, many are sick, many more are hungry and hopeless. Jesus is risen but how much joy can people have when they are under terrorist attacks, bombardment at war or even in the den of kidnappers? What is the meaning of victory and justice for those who cannot afford a decent meal in a day or who though sick, have no means with which to care for themselves? How can prisoners, destitutes and the abandoned feel the power of the resurrection?”

He added, “I appeal to all, make someone’s burden lighter. Reach out with the Easter mood and message to the less fortunate who may lack faith and hope and may not feel the goodness of Easter as well as you do. Be a witness of goodness, reconciliation, brotherhood, love and faith as ingredients for a better society and future. That is what Jesus died for. That is how we can get eternal life with him. President Joe Biden of the United States of America once related how his father always said to him: “Joe, always keep the faith”. And how his grandmother always retorted: “Joe don’t just keep the faith, spread it” Let us make that grandmother’s principle ours. Like the women who went to the tomb. If you feel God’s love, joy, compassion or forgiveness, share it with somebody. If you rejoice in Christ’s victory and power, help others to feel it too. Tell it all around you that Jesus is risen, alleluia is our song of joy. Do your best to share God’s compassion with all you have and God will do the rest. Happy Easter for a better Nigeria and a better world!”