A stark warning has gone to President Muhammadu Buhari from the Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie: redirect the ship of the Nigerian State or risk revolution.
The Catholic cleric advised that Buhari needs to return to his inaugural address to the nation and incorporate his ruling party’s blueprint.
Speaking to journalists in his Archbishop’s Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, as part of preparations for his 80th birthday and his 50th priestly ordination anniversary, he said that one year after the inauguration of the Buhari administration, the poor masses were left to roam about without proper guidance, adding that majority wallop in penury in the midst of plenty.
“The swearing in of the APC government last year was perceived as a major milestone in the people’s quest for positive change and improvement in their quality of life. But a year later, thousands of workers are being laid off every day, the value of the Naira is falling drastically, while many states are owing their workers many months of unpaid salaries,”
On the various agitations in the country and the Federal Government’s reaction, he warned that the Federal Government must tread softly with the Biafra agitators and Niger Delta Avengers.
“There is a popular saying that to jaw jaw is better than to war war, I am aware that the Niger Delta Avengers have reeled out a number of conditions to be met before seizing further attacks on oil installations. I am equally aware that President Buhari has vowed to deal decisively with the militants.
“While condemning the disruption of our oil facilities under any guise, I equally want to, stress that the use of military force is not a solution,” noting that option of military would only aggravate the situation.