ABUJA, NIGERIA -
The members of the country\\'s Legislative Houses at all levels have been blamed for the country\\'s political and social woes because they lack the political will to address the challenges of the country squarely and committedly.
This position was posited by the Catholic Archbishop of Owerri, Most Rev. Anthony J.V. Obinna in his lecture delivered at the National Catholic Prayer Pilgrimage Vigil held at the National Christian Centre, Abuja, on Friday, June 1, 2012. In the lecture titled: Reconciliation, Forgiveness and Peace \\' Building A New Nigeria, Archbishop Obinna articulated the socio-economic, political and religious problems of the country and noted that the lack of the political will on the part of the country\\'s law makers at all levels to address the issues in the right perspectives is responsible for the persistence of the problems and the present state of insecurity in the country.
According to the Archbishop: \\'Instead of a nation where \\'no man is oppressed\\' as was pledged at Independence in 1960, we now live in a continuous state of injustice, wickedness, oppression, terror and violence. Instead of the \\'one nation bound in freedom, peace and unity\\' as was affirmed in our 1979 return to democracy, we live in palpable fear, move with anxious caution and wonder when and where next a fresh disaster will explode.\\'
The local ordinary of Owerri Archdiocese, summed up the attempts by the various administrations in the country, since independence, with the hope that the country \\'would be understanding and accommodating enough to structure Nigeria in a way that would be equitable and stable.\\' But added: \\'May be such hope was premature given the over 250 ethnic groups, diversity of beliefs, customs and attitudes that we have.\\'
Archbishop Obinna however regretted: \\'Unfortunately, the fact before us is that Nigeria\\'s political leaders have used corruption, religion and ethnicity manipulatedly to make Nigeria continuously insecure and unstable. We seem to be perpetually at war with each other.\\'
He continued: \\'So far, our National and State Assemblies have lacked the moral will and patriotism to confront Nigeria\\'s volatile association and put a stop to life-taking aggressions and flare-ups.\\'
\\'That is why the clamour for a National Conference or some kind of serious look at our nation has continued to be heard,\\' he added. Archbishop Obinna stated further: \\'While there seems to be fear in some segments of Nigeria about the negative outcome of such a conference, a positive attitude to the conference would like to see our differences and antagonisms quickly resolved and reconciled with a view to stabilizing our nation-Nigeria.\\'
Archbishop Obinna noted that stabilizing Nigeria is a reconciliation challenge that should be addressed at a genuine dialogue session where \\' a mixture of trustworthy Nigerians from different geo-political zones and walks of life would ideally constitute Nigeria\\'s Reconciliation team at any serious National Conference.\\'