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Cardinal Okogie queries service chiefs’ competence, says Nigeria at war


Cardinal Okogie

Catholic Archbishop Emeritus of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie yesterday expressed concern over insecurity in the country, insisting that the competence of President Muhammadu Buhari and service chiefs in curbing the menace was in doubt.

Wondering why the President expressed shock at the killing of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman in Adamawa State, Reverend Lawan Andimi, he asked, “can it be sincerely said that he (Buhari) is in control of the nation’s security apparatuses?

In a statement he personally signed yesterday, Okogie also lamented that the President’s spokesmen, Femi Adesina and Garba Shehu were not helping the President given their penchant to abuse people who dare to raise issues of accountability.


“While the country is burning, the presidential spokesmen, who are allergic to dissenting voices, deceive Nigerians by peddling the myth of an omnipotent and omniscient President.

“The most potent dangers to our hard-earned democracy are the President’s men. It is disheartening that while the government they represent has failed in matters of security, they tell lies and insult Nigerians.

“They are neither helping him, nor helping the country. A President who is really in control would have called them to order or fired them,” he said.

He also questioned the competence of Buhari’s service chiefs, saying that they were yet to demonstrate that they have workable solutions to the menace of Boko Haram, insisting, “Nigeria is at war, but can it be said that the country is showing any signs of winning the war.”

Okogie added that while Boko Haram terrorists have not spared members of the Muslim community, the fact of the affiliation of the “aggressors” with Islamic religion is undeniable.

Neither is it deniable that many of their victims are Christians. Young Christian women are abducted and forced to marry in the Islamic way. While it is true that friendship in Nigeria cuts across religious boundaries, it is also clearly evident that some practitioners of Islam are saying it is a crime to be Christian in Nigeria.


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