Cardinal Okogie comes down hard on Buhari's government over insecurity

- Cardinal Okogie slammed President Buhari and Bukola Saraki, the head

of the Senate over the face-off between the two arms of government

- Okogie said it is now very difficult to live in Nigeria as a result

of the serious insecurity that has taken over the country

Anthony Cardinal Okogie, the Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic

Archdiocese of Lagos, has condemned the current face-off between the

executive and the legislative arms of federal government.


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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Okogie said the

executive and legislative arms should come together and work for the

development of the nation. reports that the Senate, led by Bukola Saraki, had

been in a political war with the executive arm of government.

According to the cardinal, the leaders must

assume the responsibility of governance by

securing the land from those he called

armed robbers, kidnappers and herdsmen.




"Our politicians are busy fighting one another, exchanging blows in

the hallowed chambers of legislation, resorting to character


"Our law enforcement institutions have been turned into their arsenal

in this battle of the sanctimonious; the executive accuses the

legislature of corruption and vice versa.

"Both parties in the conflict pretend to be fighting for us, they are

fighting to guard the "trophy" they won at the last election while

preparing to retain the same trophy in the next election.

"They are so busy fighting that they have no time to work for our

security. Their sterile conflict is, in fact, prejudicial to our


"Their negligence of duty, their tantrums, their failure to be

transparent and accountable with very few exceptions, point to the

fact that they are part of the equation of insecurity in our

country,'' Okogie said in a statement.

Okogie called on political leaders to provide

infrastructure and adequate security for

the citizens.

"Our leaders are well protected, but we the citizens are not.

Political leaders who cannot provide security are a total failure.


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"Almost six decades after independence, almost 70 years after the

establishment of Nigeria's premier University of Ibadan, we still have

to rely on medical tourism.

"But how many poor Nigerians can afford to spend one day in a hospital

overseas. How many can afford to be away from their work for three


"But Nigerians have the capacity to run good hospitals. All we just

need is a leadership that enables, not one that disables.

"They receive the perks of office in a land where workers have gone

unpaid for months, government does not serve Nigerians and the public

servant does not serve the public," he said.

Calling on Nigerians to be responsible in the business of protecting

and safeguarding their own lives and property, Okogie asked:

"Does the life of the Nigerians have any value. If it does, can it be

truly said that Nigerians appreciate the value of life. The questions

are meant for all of us.

"We all have to take responsibility for the protection of lives and

property of the citizens in this country. We live in clear and present


"We are not safe when we are at home, neither are we safe away from home.

"Life runs the risk of being cut short by armed robbers, kidnappers,

dangerous drivers driving on dangerous roads, driving cars that are

dangerous for transportation.

"When we thought we were gaining the upper hand in the battle with

Boko Haram, violent herdsmen stare at our helpless faces." The top

Catholic priest reminded the country's leaders that one day they would

give account of their stewardship to God, who made them leaders.


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"One thing is clear: almost all our political leaders are either

Christian or Muslim. The two religions teach that we shall one day

account for our earthly stewardship.

"Every leader will stand before the 'Just Judge' (God) and account for

the way he or she got into positions of authority and used the


"Propaganda in the print and electronic media will be of no

assistance, lies told to get elected and falsehood peddled to remain

in office will be of no value," he said.
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