RESOLUTIONS REACHED AT THE END OF THE FIRST CONFERENCE OF NIGERIA CATHOLICa DIOCESAN PRIESTS ASSOCIATION, KADUNA PROVINCE, HELD AT THE CENTRE OF TRANSFIGURATION, MADAKIYA, KAFANCHAN, KADUNA STATE ON THE 28TH-30 JANUARY 2019.
We, the Kaduna Provincial delegates of the Nigeria Catholic Diocesan Priests ASSOCIATION coming from Kaduna, Kafanchan, Kano, Kontagora, Minna, Sokoto and Zaria, met at the Centre of Transfiguration Madakiya, in Kafanchan to deliberate common issues and concerns as they affect us as priests and our dear nation. Our choice of Kafanchan was deliberate. Aware of the onslaught brought upon our brothers and sisters by Fulani Herdsmen Terrorists in Southern Kaduna, we chose to hold the first meeting in this distressed environment so that we can have firsthand knowledge of the unfortunate events that took place and to also offer our condolences to our brothers and sisters especially those affected.
We offer our heartfelt condolences to the Priests, Religious and Laity of the Catholic Diocese of Kafanchan over the loss of their chief shepherd, Most Rev. Joseph Danlami Bagobiri who passed on to eternal life on the 27th February 2018. On the first anniversary of his death, we offer to all Christ’s faithful in the Diocese, words of comfort. Bishop Joseph Bagobiri was a voice who never shied away from speaking truth to power. We are however consoled that Bishop fought a good fight and have won the crown of eternal glory. We also remember our brother Priests in the Diocese of Kafanchan and within the Province who have gone to receive their reward. We commend them all to the mercy of God. We also console all those who lost loved ones in the needless attacks visited upon our people in recent times. May God grant you all comfort and may the dead rest in peace. For those who lost enormous wealth and property, may God replace all you have lost and bless you beyond expectations.
2019 General Elections: Issues and Concerns
Recent events happening in the country as the elections draw near call for sober reflection and positive action. The first ballot will be cast on the 16th February. We therefore enjoin all Nigerians of voting age, to take this civic responsibility seriously. In the wake of hunger in the land, threat to life arising from terrorists attacks by non state actors and kidnappings especially in our states, this election becomes handy as it offers us the opportunity to critically analyze the candidates and vote in only those who have the interest of the people and care for the common good, add value to human life and promote human dignity. These for us are the irreducible minimums and we encourage our people to vote candidates who have these core values at heart. The recently released document by the Catholic Theological Association of Nigeria titled “Vademecum” nicely captures all that electors need to know in respect of the forth coming elections. We encourage voters to be law abiding and to do everything that the constitution allows in exercising their franchise.
In conclusion, politics is too important to be left in the hands of politicians alone. All of you must get involved in the process by registering and belonging to political parties of your choice. This way, you can have a stake in governance and be able to dictate the pace for politicians. We encourage our people to get their PVC’s handy and vote according to their consciences. We entrust our country Nigeria into the maternal protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary and we ask God’s blessings and protection over you and your families during the elections and pray for the emergence of credible leaders who will lead fairly, justly and equitably.
Given on the 29th January 2019, at St Stephen Catholic Church, Bayan Loco, Kafanchan.