Monday, 24 October 2016

Catholic Bishops of Nigeria Warns President Buhari [MUST READ]

Updated 24 October, 2016
Catholic Church Bishops in Nigeria have warned President Muhammadu Buhari.

The clerics said the president is frittering away the high hopes Nigerians had in him.

Their warning was contained in a statement issued at the end of their conference in Akure, Ondo state Catholic Church Bishops in Nigeria have warned President Muhammadu Buhari not to fritter away the high hopes Nigerians had in him before his assumption of office. 

The Bishops position was made in a statement issued at the end of their conference in Akure, Ondo state yesterday, September 15. They also urged the president not to dismiss the call for restructuring and pay close attention to the strong allegations of nepotism leveled against him by many Nigerians.

Part of the statement read: “We call on our president to wake up to the fact that most Nigerians are today disillusioned by the frittering away of the high hopes which they invested in his resolve to turn things around. 

“The president can no longer safely ignore the very strong allegations of a rise in nepotism and sectionalism in federal appointments. “This has further deepened the feelings of alienation and the rise of centrifugal forces that are threatening the foundations of our unity. 

“One-sided appointments into public office have displayed a tendency towards a form of sectionalism that we have found difficult to associate with the high moral credentials of the president. 

A hurricane of violence by herdsmen and other agents of death has left in its wake a landscape of blood and destruction. “Political violence, corruption, kidnappings, armed robbery, ritual murders and all ills of the past, are still very much present and we seem to be progressively sinking deeper into the mud. 

Our people are now ravaged by disease and hunger. The result is the rise in the curve of violence both by the state agents and non-state actors among our own people. “We wish to state firmly that the debate about the restructuring of our country should not be seen as an act of rebellion or as a call for division. 

“It should rather be seen as an expression of our people’s desire that the political class return to the fine principles of democracy such as true federalism, negotiation and consensus building as means of achieving a more equitable distribution of the resources of our country.” 

The bishops also frowned at calls for the expansion of the scope of Sharia law in Nigeria, adding that it is at variance with the letter and spirit of the Nigerian Constitution. 

They pledged their support for the anti-graft war of the president, but warned against the violation of the rule of law in carrying out the fight against corruption; They advised President Buhari to work with Nigerians from diverse background in the bid to restore the glory of the country. 

“The president must ensure that Nigerians do not feel that our country is sliding back into dictatorship,” the statement concluded.

A prominent member of the bishops and the Archbishop of Sokoto Diocese, Rev. Fr. Matthew Hassan Kukah, had asked President Buhari to get serious with reviving the economy instead of shifting blames to past leaders of the country. 

The president, his handlers and cabinet members have constantly blamed past leaders and administrations as responsible for the current economic crisis Nigeria is facing. Nigerians have consistently criticised the president and his team for their approach, urging them to focus on the present and not the past.


  1. True. One thing must be cleared,is this a government full of bias, religious sentiments and animosity, or a government geared towards a so-called 'change'-actualization: shielding under the shortcomings of a past dispensation and shilly-shying away from the facts on ground?- Facts so evidently crystal-clear that a government regrettably exists in Nigeria today fully possessive of qualities that are not far from dictatorship? Wake up and stand the fight: hands on deck and eyes on target, the Lord have mercy on you.

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