The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has appealed to the Federal Government to remove the restrictions on the setting up of television stations by religious organisations.
Cardinal Onaiyekan made the appeal in Abuja on Wednesday at a forum to discuss the future of the Catholic Television Project.
In Nigeria, religious groups, by law, are prohibited from owning local television stations.
He said the electronic media was an effective tool for evangelism and the spread of the message of peace which Nigeria needed at this time.
“One tool in our hands to propagate the gospel is the use of the catholic television as a medium for teaching and edification,” he emphasised.
Nigeria is facing lingering security crises mostly in the north-east. Thousands have been killed and many rendered homeless.
The Catholic Archbishop of Abuja believes that the Catholic Television would help spread the message of love and peace in this trying time.
It is a common opinion of the persons that gathered at the event.
The Director of Communications, Reverend Father Patrick Alumuku, said: “In this challenging time many people are turning to the Catholic Church to seek support and answers to the difficulties posed by moral, economic and political problems”.
He stressed that the Church was looking to address these issues and further propagate the gospel through the television channel.