Shendam (Plateau) – Most Rev. Mathew Nadgoso, Catholic Bishop of Kaduna, has urged the Federal Government to replicate the zeal it deployed into tackling the Boko Haram insurgency, toward ending attacks on Kaduna communities.
Ndagosa made the appeal on Wednesday in Shendam, Plateau State, in his Homily at the ordination/installation of Monsignor Philip Dung as Catholic Bishop of Shendam Diocese.
“We must commend the gallantry of our dear armed forces for “technically” defeating Boko Haram and for smoking them out of their base, the dreaded Sambisa forest.
“It is our sincere hope and prayer that the tempo will be sustained to enable displaced persons of affected areas resume their normal lives.
“We also pray that the zeal applied to technically defeat Boko Haram is applied into resolving incessant conflicts that have caused untold hardship to many Nigerians especially in southern Kaduna,” he said.
The cleric regretted the general insecurity that had enveloped the nation, pointing out that the threats were hydra-headed and ranged from insurgencies, kidnapping, militancy, unemployment, cattle rustling, herders/farmers clashes and corruption.
The Bishop opined that the establishment of ranches would address herders/farmers clashes, pointing out that that the old style of grazing routes was outdated.
Ndagoso told the newly installed Bishop to brace up for challenges, and advised him to consider himself as an incinerator whose refuse dump must accept what the office dumps on him.
The cleric told the new priest not to despair, but to trust in the Lord who would help him to overcome the challenges, “no matter how difficult they may seem”.
He advised Dung to consider all human beings living within the confines of Shendam Diocese as his sheep irrespective of their religion or tribe, stressing that he must do well to all people without discrimination.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the new Bishop was ordained/installed by three Bishops known as `Consecrators’ on behalf of Pope Francis.
The consecrators included Archbishop of Jos, Ignatius Kaigama, Archbishop of Benin, Augustine Akabueze and the Bishop of Maiduguri, Oliver Dime.
Until his appointment as the second Bishop of Shendam, Dung was Parish Priest of St. Joseph’s Parish, Du, Jos Archdiocese.
Dung replaced Bishop James Daman, who died two years ago.