The clergyman said this in his message to the citizens on Nigeria’s 62nd Independence Anniversary.
In the message on behalf of CAN, the cleric congratulated Nigerians on the occasion of Independence Day.
He urged Nigerians to maintain the expectations that Nigeria would become a great nation that would be the pride of Africa.
The archbishop called on Nigerians to pray fervently for the success of the 2023 elections and also pleaded with the Federal Government to go the extra mile to resolve the impasse with the university lecturers for the sake of the young people whose future is at stake.
“Though we are still struggling and grappling with so many issues of collective concern, such as insecurity, kidnapping, unnecessary killing and decapitation of innocent citizens, diminishing value of human life, social injustice, desecration of worship places, violent threat to the seat of political power, cheating, blatant stealing of our oil, flagrant degradation of our human environment, denial, betrayal, rejection and outright exclusion in many areas of our existence as a nation, all of which has put many in distress and has made many citizens angry, we must not lose hope!” A statement he signed and made available to journalists in Abuja said.
“Let us continue to rely on the faithfulness of God as we continue to do the best we can to ensure justice and peace reign in our country.
“I urge you to take the unpleasant experiences that have plagued our nation in the past as necessary lessons of life that will make us a stronger, better, and resilient nation on earth.
“In the face of the hardships in our country, let us continue to exercise patience through perseverance as we bring all our challenges to God, trusting that He will reveal His righteousness and grant us justice in our times of distress.
“In the same vein, let us be guided by the Holy Book in all situations as we continue to speak up and stand up against injustice and work for peace in a constructive way.
“As we march gallantly towards the next general elections, let us bear in mind that we have a stake in this country and so refrain from engaging in acts that will destroy the fortunes and the prospects of this nation.
“Rather than take up arms to kill each other and terrify innocent Nigerians, adults in this nation should take up their voters’ cards and go to the polls. We must resist any threat (strong or subtle) in whichever form to stop us from going out to vote on the day of elections.
“We must also shun vote-buying by being conscious of the truth that politicians who present some inducement to voters, especially on the polling day are not really interested in the welfare of the people
“I counsel you to look out for politicians who are genuine and who are sincere to provide the basics that will be the catalyst for economic growth and development.
“To be honest, I do not believe that all Nigerian politicians are the same – there are those that still have the interest of the people at heart. They are in our midst, but you must be out aside primordial sentiments and be objective to be able to find them.
“I pray to our Lord to rescue Nigeria from the hands of wicked people, grant us peace, and help us continue to love one another irrespective of our religious and ethnic diversities.”