Tuesday, 23 October 2012

The intervention of Bishop Matthew Hassan KUKAH, Bishop of Sokoto at The Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Faith

Photo Courtesy of Sahara Reporters
For an effective program of evangelisation to take proper root today and for us to avoid the mistakes of the past, a proper reading of our collective national history is inevitable. This phase of history has been so distorted that this now has serious implications today in how Muslims and Christians see one another and read their histories. For example, many Islamic scholars have often created the impression that somehow, missionary activities had a direct connection with western imperialism since both missionaries and the colonialists were seen as speaking the same language, having the same culture, coming from the same lands and so on. I believe that we need to redress these mistakes by re-reading and rewriting our common history. 
The return of democracy to a country like Nigeria now offers us a better platform to address the issues of constitutionalism and common citizenship. We now have opportunities to create greater harmony and a common vision based on the provisions of our Constitution. Our inability to resolve these issues accounts for why we continue to see one another as strangers and why religious identities have become walls rather than bridges. To reverse this, we need to take another look at a few issues. There is a need for our voice to be more heard in the public space in a more assertive and constructive way than mere condemnation of government policies. We must explore areas of engagement of Church and state so as to build greater confidence.
The Church must become more engaged in the issues of corruption and mismanagement of resources by the political, actions which continue to create the environment of violence in society. We need to expose our higher institutions and political elite to the Social Doctrines of the Church in areas such as the Common good and human solidarity. 
I wish to appeal to the Holy Father to continue to raise his voice and appeal to the international community to address the issues of the excesses and corruption perpetrated by multinational corporations, again, actions that have kept our societies restive and violent.

''The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said''. ALISON.

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