The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has stated that his concern is not who make the ministerial list of President Muhammadu Buhari but who will actualise the change the people are yearning for.
Onaiyekan stated this in Abuja yesterday while fielding questions from journalists at a press briefing on the occasion of the 5th Anniversary celebration of Caritas Nigeria, a charity foundation of the Catholic Church.
Caritas Nigeria, officially known as Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria (CCFN), was established in 2010 by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) as the specialised national relief and human development agency that coordinates development interventions for the church.
He said, “All I am looking forward to is people who will bring about the change the people yearn for and ensure better life for all Nigerians in every aspect of their lives. Whether they are recycled, old or new does not matter. Bringing new faces on board does not mean change is guaranteed.”
In his address on the occasion titled, “A sustainable Partnership for the Actualisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, Onaiyekan urged the Nigerian government to swing into action immediately and partner with genuine non-state actors such as non-governmental organisations, civil society groups, and agencies of religious faiths which have been championing the cause of human development and welfare, Caritas Nigeria in particular, to ensure time compliance with the 2030 SDGs deadline recently set by the UN’s 70th General Assembly.