COMMUNIQUE ISSUED BY THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE COUNCIL (NEC) OF THE CATHOLIC LAITY COUNCIL OF NIGERIA (CLCN) AT THE 141 MEETING HELD AT THE BISHOP THOMAS MC GETTRIC PASTORAL CENTRE, ABAKALIKI DIOCESE, EBONYI STATE, 12 TO 14 JULY 2019.

Preamble:

The theme of the NEC meeting was; ‘Islamization and Fulanization of Nigeria; The Role of the Church’.

After lengthy and intensive deliberations on the theme of the meeting and the state of our Nation, Nigeria, the Council resolved on the way forward as follows:

1. That all Christians, in particular, and Nigerians in general, must pursue peace and unity in all their words actions to enhance peaceful co-existence in the nation.

2. On the agitation for the establishment of settlements by the government for ‘a tribe’ in all the states of the federation, Council strong advices the Federal Government to resist the temptation to yield to the demands by any particular tribe, religion or trade that threatens the corporate existence of Nigeria.

3. The constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) provides that Nigeria is a secular state. In line with the above provision, Council appeals to the three tiers of Government and all major stakeholders not to accord supremacy to any particular Religion over others as this may further compromise the already threatened unity of the Nation.

4. The Council views with great concern the worrisome state of insecurity across the federation and the ineptitude on the part of the law enforcement agencies of Government to take appropriate action to arrest, investigate and prosecute perpetrators of the heinous crimes. Council therefore urges all concerned stakeholders in the Criminal justice sector to rise and live up to their constitutional responsibilities.

5. Council, once again, congratulates President Muhammadu Buhari, Commander-in-Chief of the Nigerian Armed Forces on his 2nd term. The position of Council however, is that in the coming appointment and composition of the Federal Executive Council, the President should sincerely consider the Federal Character, the diverse ethno-cultural and Religious composition of the Federation in other to balance all interest and sensitivity of the all federating units of the Nation.

6. Finally, Council advices Christians in Nigeria to unite and speak with one voice; promote holiness and righteous; strive to deepen the faith of members in God; be vigilant and security conscious in self defense to protect life and property of members and the Church; and at all times promote the call to spread the good news of Jesus Christ, in season and out of season, to the ends of the earth..

Thomas Folu AdekoyaHon National President CLCN

Sir Henry H. Yunkwap KSJI

National Secretary-General CLCN

Communique Committee:

1. Wilfred Lawrence Idi -Chairman

2. Edoga Hon. Joseph Ozioko O KSM

3. Engr. Okafor, E. C. (KSJI)

4. Hon. Abhul Imem J. A.

5. Bro. Andrew T. Njie (KSJI)

6. Yohanna, A.B. Sambo

7. Akintola Vincent Akinsola Akande

8. Barr. Chris M. Inwang-Secretary

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