Nigeria needs humaneness more than it needs religion to surmount its challenges, Rev. Fr. Chimaobi Okoye of the Chapel of the Good Shepherd Catholic Church, Awka, said on Sunday.
Okoye made the assertion in his sermon where he said Nigerians also needed to be human before they talk about religion.
He noted that Nigeria’s problems kept mounting because Nigerians promoted religiosity above humaneness, the basic demand of all faiths.
“There is no religion in the world higher than humaneness.
“The problem of Nigeria is not religion but lack of humaneness. Almost every street has a church or a mosque, yet we still have loads of problems in this country.
“You have to become human before you begin to talk about being religious.
“Humaneness is nothing but the act of being helpful to people in need. It is the act of giving hope to the hopeless and home to the homeless.
“Humaneness is the act of doing something good for someone who does not even know you and might never come to know you. It is also the act that takes us closer to eternal bliss and peace of mind,’’ he preached.
Okoye urged Nigerians to be humane by helping people and by loving and respecting one another without discrimination so as to make the country a safer, better and liveable place for all.