Graduating students of the Veritas University (Catholic University of Nigeria), Abuja, have been admonished to be agents of positive change in the society, using the spiritual and educational formation they have received at the university to counter the social vices crippling the country with negative consequences.
This admonition was given recently by the Visitor to the University and President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Most Rev. Ignatius Kaigama while speaking at the sixth Convocation and tenth anniversary of the establishment of the institution, held at the permanent site of the university in Bwari, Abuja.
The President of the CBCN Conference and Archbishop of Jos declared: “As fruits of this noble dream of the Catholic Church in Nigeria, you must offer yourselves as living sacrifices acceptable to the Lord and to Nigerians. Your actions must always reflect what Veritas stands for, which is truth.” He added: “Through your actions, VUNA will be rated and valued. Mt. 5:16 says: “be a light shining in the dark. We cannot become defeatist by saying that corruption, mediocrity, ethnocentrism, bad leadership, political recklessness tec. should have the last word.”
While congratulating the students on their academic achievements, Archbishop Kaigama urged to put into practice: “all the virtues, all the life skills, survival strategies and the diplomacy of interpersonal relationship which characterized your training in this University.” He continued: “Be brilliant stars, the hope of Nigeria and indeed the world, a world that seems to be in darkness, and a country assaulted by incurable corruption and many social vices with crippling negative consequences.”
Urging them to go into the world as men and women of honour and virtue and bear fruits that will last for Nigeria and humanity, The Archbishop of Jos prayed that the huge investment of the Church, parents and graduands of the university and other benefactors will not be in vain.
Archbishop Kaigama also used the occasion to appeal to the lay faithful not to renege in their support for the institution stressing: “While the CBCN is the legal holder of this University, it must be understood that to develop the University, and provide it with ultra-modern facilities, we need the active participation and cooperation of all.”
The University Visitor lauded the CBCN members, the Federal Ministry of Education, the National Universities Commission (NUC); the Joint Admissions Matriculation Board (JAMB) and all those who have in one way or the other contributed to the successes of the University in the last decade.
The Archbishop also commended the management of the university for the continued expansion in terms of facilities, programmes and students enrolment, especially the establishment of the Centre for Peace and Development. He urged the management to collaborate with other Catholic institutions of higher learning, especially the country’s Major Seminaries.
The ceremony was attended by dignitaries from all walks of life, including some members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria, the academia and members of family of the graduating students.