Nigeria Needs Mindset Restructuring

THE Catholic Bishop of Gboko Diocese,
Most Rev. William Avenya, has suggested the restructuring of the mindset of citizens as a panacea to the myriad problems plaguing the country.
Avenya told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday in Gboko that agitations for the geographical restructuring being canvassed by many were simply a misplaced
priority.
He said that it was important for Nigerians
to begin to get their priorities right through a restructuring process that involved the mindset, instead of the geo-political restructuring.
According to him, such a mindset restructuring will enable people learn to emphasise many things that keep Nigerians together, rather than those that separate them. Avenya said that restructuring of the mindset would enable people to view issues from the correct perspective.
“We have more things that hold us together than those that separate us as a people; so, why don’t we emphasise those ones, rather than the ones that seek to tear us apart? “In this country, we spend time on symptoms rather than their causes.”
The bishop condemned agitations for the breakup of the country and suggested an elaborate national debate on restructuring.
The cleric said that such a debate would highlight the shared values of Nigerians.
He bemoaned the current state of the nation, blaming the spate of killings in most parts of the country on “a failed state apparatus.”
“We have all failed either as religious, political,
intelligentsia or even as a business class. In other climes, all those vested with the responsibility of providing security of lives and property would have resigned for their failure in this regard.”
He expressed regret that rather than review the failure of security in the country,
people in authority are adamant and refused to tackle the problems.
He accused them of greed, alleging that their actions were motivated by personal aggrandisement. “Those ineffectual political
leaders with a dysfunctional mentality should give way for others,” he advised.
The bishop said that it was the responsibility
of the Federal Government to ensure the security of lives and property.
He said that states were handicapped in this regard and appealed to the Federal Government to take full responsibility for the security in the affected states.
According to him, if the Federal Government
will not take responsibility, then the church should seek support for the affected communities from the international community
through awareness creation.
“We will create awareness to the carnage and barbaric killings in the state,” he said.
He said that the killings in the Middle Belt states were worrisome and called for an immediate end to the trend.
Avenya said that the church had already mobilised its trained personnel to the affected
places to assist displaced persons.
The cleric said that the church would always be in the vanguard for the propagation
of peace and harmonious co-existence but would also not condone the killings of innocent people. He called on the government
to stop the killings immediately. (NAN)