Cleric tasks Tinubu on root causes of coups in Africa
President Bola Tinubu has been advised to lead the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in identifying and fighting the root causes of coup d’état in Africa, instead of threatening war after collapse of democracy in member-states.
Supreme head of the Cherubim and Seraphim Unification Church of Nigeria, Prophet Solomon Adegboyega Alao, who gave the advice in a statement, said no life of a Nigerian soldier should be sacrificed for keeping any sub-regional leader in power when some of them had violated all tenets of civil rule in their respective countries.
The cleric, who spoke against the backdrop of the military incursions in Niger and Gabon, advised the bloc to be more interested in preventing military interventions than fighting the consequences of bad governance and disrespect for the rule of law by some African leaders.
Alao said the lesson for Nigeria is that any government that does not obey court judgments or manipulates the electoral process is inviting a putsch, noting that respect for the rule of law and good governance remains the only way to keep officers in the barracks.
The C & S head urged Tinubu to start examining himself against the promises he made to Nigerians, as he clocks the first 100 days in office.
He said the fuel subsidy removal has made life unbearable for the citizenry, adding that the palliatives “have not only been mismanaged, but the low hanging fruits have been distributed to card-carrying members of ruling political parties in many states.”
The clergyman, while counselling that the best palliative should include reduction in school fees and utility bills, added: “But sharing a cup of rice is not only demeaning, but (also) ineffective to achieve the desired results.”
He, therefore, implored the current administration to introduce policies that would curb inflation, rather than increasing salaries of workers. The prophet submitted that some other palliatives could be introduced for workers to make life more comfortable for them.
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