Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Abeokuta, Most Rev. Dr. Peter Odetoyinbo, has condemned all the political office holders in the Federal Republic of Nigeria including President Bola Ahmed Tinubu diẹ what he called betrayal of the president's slogan of "Renewed Hope".
Bishop Odetoyinbo alleged that while politicians including President Bola Ahmed Tinubu encouraged Nigerians to endure the hardships in the country, the politicians live in affluence and extravagance.
He challenged political officeholders in Nigeria to live up to expectations and match their words with actions.
In his Christmas message to the nation which was titled "Christmas: Let us reawaken hope in ourselves and country”, Bishop Odetoyinbo said, “The executive must engage in policies and programs that will better the lives of Nigerians, the legislature must pass bills that are pro-life and reflect the proper representation of the will of Nigerians while the judiciary must be the last hope of the common man not only in judgment, but also in justice. Unfortunately, the reality in our country speaks otherwise. This shows that we are all called to do more than we have done in the past, to build a collective trust in our country”.
“We cannot allow a few people to hijack our commonwealth and continue to advance their cause while the rest of us resign to fate and hopelessness. We are not Nigerians by accident but by the will of God who created us wonderfully and beautifully with our color, tribes, and tongue. We cannot devalue ourselves and our nation and expect others to celebrate us”.
“We must be intentional about rebuilding and uplifting the glory of Nigeria by desisting from acts of terrorism, banditry, oil theft, armed robbery, kidnapping, electoral malpractices, maiming and killing one another; acts like these destroy our commonwealth and the integrity of our country both locally and internationally. We must enthrone the virtues of love, joy, peace, unity, and humility before God. This is what Christmas must instill in us”.
“The season of Christmas allows us to celebrate the love of God with one another as one family united in a common vision for our common good. This love must be shared with our brothers and sisters particularly those that find it difficult to celebrate due to the present economic hardship.
“I exhort and enjoin all who have, to share their gifts with the poor and less privileged around them. There is hunger in the city and famine on the plain.
“We must never give up on our efforts to reform ourselves and collectively rebuild our country.
“We must not give up on the quest to overcome the forces of darkness in the world as the Church calls us to reflect during this season of Christmas”.
“We must remain hopeful for our country. In the midst of the doubts, hunger, danger, anger, pain, and hopelessness that stir us in the face, particularly with the conduct of our leaders and fellow compatriots; we must remain resolute and hopeful in the vision of a new Nigeria”.
“We daily witness with concerns the exodus of Nigerians, particularly young people to other nations leading to brain drain and loss of capable hands that would have added value to our common effort of rebuilding Nigeria. Such embers of desperation and hopelessness, should not be allowed to flourish any longer”.
“As people of hope, we believe that Nigeria will rise again and the glory of the Lord shall shine upon her; and many who have been displaced due to problems besieging this country will once more return to their homeland.
“Some of the developed nations to which some Nigerians have emigrated had their dark moments in history. They went through their own storms but kept hope alive. Where is the hope for our nation? We must remind one another that God loves us in Nigeria and learn to love one another.
“We cannot continue to appreciate other nations and work daily to destroy our own. Engaging in acts that bring collective shame to the name of our country and cause havoc to the lives and properties of fellow Nigerians is inimical to our hope for a better Nigeria.
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Published 12/23/2023 5:53:56 PM