Bishops Conference says Nigeria's unity is sacrosanct
His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Ignatius Kaigama

Those calling for division of the country should have a rethink, such agitations were not healthy for the country- says President, Conference of Catholic Bishops of Nigeria (CBCN), His Grace, Most Rev. Dr. Ignatius Kaigama.

The Archbishop stated this in a speech at the ordination of the new Bishop of the Bauchi Catholic Diocese, Rt. Rev. Hilary Nanman Dachelem, which held on Thursday at the Multipurpose Indoor Sports Hall, Bauchi State.

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Kaigama who is the Archbishop of Jos and Metropolitan of Jos Ecclesiastical Province, stressed that the unity of the country was sacrosanct.

He appealed to groups calling for the division of the country to jettison such ideas and rather join hands together with other groups to move the country forward.

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He said: “The call for secession by some groups in the country is unhealthy for Nigeria.

“We are better as a one united and indivisible nation. One group says ‘go’ and another group say ‘we want to go’. All these clamours are not healthy for us as one great United Nation.”

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Kaigama appealed to both religious and political leaders irrespective of ethnic differences to come together, set aside every selfish interests and primordial sentiments for the unity if Nigeria.

He expressed confidence in the God-given leadership qualities of the widely-travelled new Bishop who speaks several Nigerian languages including Igbo to be a bridge builder.

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