The General Secretary and Chief Executive Officer, The Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN), Pastor Samuel Sanusi has appealed to government at all levels to place more emphasis on the welfare of Nigerians above all primitive interests.
The BSN boss stated this while responding to stakeholders’ inquiries in Lagos recently, saying Nigerians are yearning for a better life and not more religion.
This was stated in a statement by BSN Manager, Media and Public Relations, Mr. Benjamin Mordi, the CEO observed that most Nigerians, irrespective of their religious leanings, are currently living in pains associated with poverty and discomfort arising from lack of access to quality education, affordable housing, good medical care, employment opportunities and safe and secure environment.
Sanusi maintained that he has not seen practitioners of any religion who are not groaning under the weight of those challenges and advised people in leadership positions at all levels to prioritise the welfare of Nigerians above all other interests and considerations.
According to the statement, he advised Nigerians to lead godly lives with focus on integrity, mercy, compassion, tolerance, sacrificial giving and leadership which are among the major tenets of holy living that the scriptures emphasise and the pillars on which prosperous societies stand.
The BSN CEO used the opportunity to confirm that the last time stakeholders had a meeting to determine the appropriate Hausa translation for ‘God’ was in the year 2018. He revealed that relevant conversations involving Bible scholars and language experts are ongoing and promised stakeholders that they would be informed of the outcome of such consultations.
“The immediate preoccupation of the organisation was collaboration with people in positions of leadership to provide an enabling environment for Nigerians to lead lives that the scriptures envisage. The Society will continue to execute life-transforming programmes that will improve the welfare of Nigerians, notwithstanding their religious practice.
“This would be the best way to demonstrate the love that is at the heart of the Christian Faith and eliminate the root causes of disharmony in the country. This will minimize conflict and insecurity in Nigeria,” the statement said.
Sanusi prayed for improved political environment which he believed will result in the prosperity that will make people channel their energies towards more progressive endeavours