Sunday, 28 May 2017

World Communications Day: Nigerian masses are suffering – Bishop Ezeokafor alerts FG

The Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Bishop Paulinus Chukwuemeka Ezeokafor has called on the government at various levels to look into the suffering of Nigerians and decipher the way forward, explaining that such move will curb and solve so many problems threatening the corporate existence of Nigeria, and nipping in the bud, many groups agitating for self independent and recognition in the country.

Bishop Ezeokafor made the remarks in awka, Anambra State capital at the World’s Communications Day 2017 held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Awka, Anambra State.
In his sermon, while speaking on Pope Francis’ message for the day, on “Fear not, for I am with you (Is. 43:5): Communicating Hope and Trust in our Time, Bishop Ezeokafor urged newsmen in the country to project good news and not bad news.
According to him, “to engage in constructive forms of communication that rejects prejudice towards others and foster a culture of encounter, helping all to view the world around us with realism and trust”.
”We have to break the vicious circle of anxiety and stem the spiral of fear resulting from a constant focus on “bad news” (wars, terrorism, scandals and all sorts of human failure).
The cleric noted that all newsmen must work at overcoming that feeling of growing discontent and resignation that can at times generate apathy, fear or the idea that evil has no limits.
He also criticized the national assembly for increasing their own budget in the recently passed federal budget of 2017, calling on the political class to always think of the masses in their day to day policies by making their welfare their priority.
Speaking on the celebration of the children day 2017, Bishop Ajakaye urged Nigerians to cultivate the culture of taking good care of their children both morally, spiritually and physically.
According to him, in caring for our children who are the glory of God, we must not over pampered them, spend on them meaningfully and stop the culture of destruction on them.
The Bishop also encouraged parents to endeavour to teach their children their local languages and hold on to the culture that is not destructive in building the child.
He posited that every Nigerian has the right to reside and do his work legitimately in any part of the country, urging all fanning the embers of discord to re-think and re-trace their steps to keep Nigeria
and Nigerians as one.
Bishop Ezeokafor, called on the people to stop following politicians who will only come to them when they want to get elected into any political office, saying the people are losing their dignity and selling their tomorrow to these kind of politicians. 

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