Call for Buhari’s resignation: Kaduna bishops support northern elders
The Bishop of the Diocese of Kaduna, Anglican Communion, Timothy Yahaya and the Bishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Kaduna, Matthew Manoso Ndagoso, have respectively thrown their weight behind the recent call by northern elders for the resignation of the President Muhammadu Buhari due to the insecurity raging in the country.
This was contained in their separate Easter messages to the nation.
However, the presidency had since responded to the Northern alumni, portraying them as failed politicians seeking cheap publicity.
Bishop Yahaya said the right thing to do for a leader who cannot deliver on his promises is to step down from office, however adding that there is hope for Nigeria as a nation.
For his part, Bishop Ndagoso said it was difficult to disagree with the position of the northern elders on the need for Buhari to step down from office because of the killings in the country.
He noted that the only thing people get every time scores of Nigerians are killed, maimed and abducted are empty assurances and assurances of security from political leaders.
Bishop Yahaya said, “My Easter message is that there is hope for every individual in this country, there is hope for Nigeria as a nation. I know what we are going through, it is a dangerous and perilous time. But I tell you that the only tonic of tomorrow is hope.
“I don’t want to raise issues with northern elders because I’m not a politician. But the truth about leadership is that there is morality in leadership. If you can’t be a leader in a civilized climate, the right and best thing to do is step aside. But what seriously worries me is that I’m not sure the president knows his name goes down in history because the president knows his name goes down in history as the president overseeing the murder of its people, as president who is the minister of oil, today in Kaduna we have not had petrol for how many months. As the president who oversees the nation, ASUU has closed universities, the future generation is grim.
“As the president overseeing where you hear billions of naira being budgeted and you see nothing verifiable for that. So for me, I’m not speaking as a politician, I’m speaking as a citizen of this nation, I’m speaking with the voices of the masses, I’m speaking with the reality on the ground.
I don’t know, those of you around Mr. President, all you want to do is erase his name from the glory of the future. I hope that’s not the best thing you do because I don’t know if they’re protecting you from the information.
“Look at the train attack, our brothers and sisters are in captivity. And we are not hearing from Mr. President himself. The spokesperson can say on behalf of the President that the citizens of this country are in the hands of terrorists. The President should sit down.
Even if someone speaks for him, he tells lies. In other climates, the president won’t sleep and heads will roll because someone is responsible for the laxity that led to that train attack.
“For me, Mr. President needs to take an x-ray of his leadership over the past seven years because next month he will be seven years fully in the saddle.
Did he do very well? How much was Dollar when you took power? How much did gasoline cost when you took over? How was the insecurity when you took power? Where was education when you took power? Where was the name of Nigeria when you took power? Today we hear that money is being budgeted for a Turn Around Refinery Maintenance, where are the refineries? And how do you expect me to believe that corruption is being fought in Nigeria? “.
did you take over? Where was the name of Nigeria when you took power? Today we hear that money is being budgeted for a Turn Around Refinery Maintenance, where are the refineries? And how do you expect me to believe that corruption is being fought in Nigeria? “.
“Therefore, let’s go to our prisons and start apologizing to the prisoners. You cannot free those who stole the heritage of the people and send to jail to languish those who stole five thousand naira or one hundred thousand naira from this country. Are you telling me what’s good for the goose isn’t good for the gander? You ate telling me it’s farm animals we have like Nigeria?.
“As far as I’m concerned, I’ve said it before, Nigeria is at war, soldiers are being killed, citizens are being killed. If you take the statistics of the number of soldiers and police killed, you will know that Nigeria is at war. Infrastructure is attacked and vandalized.
“There should be a national emergency to recall former servicemen and recruit young men to fight the insurgents if possible, because desperate times require desperate measure. Start training young people in all 36 states. In a state where we have less than 50,000 soldiers, we are not ready for this war. Technology must also be deployed. This is war, this is a very serious war. The fact that they were able to attack the airport, the train, I hope the Villa is safe.”
For Catholic Bishop Ndagoso, “given where we are now in terms of insecurity and the government’s handling of the situation so far, it is difficult for anyone to disagree with the assertion Bulama Bukarti that “the Buhari government is incompetent, incompetent and negligent”, and the Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF) that “his leadership has proven spectacularly incapable of keeping Nigerians safe.
“Our situation today, especially in the North West region of our country and especially in Kaduna State, is akin to that of the two fugitive disciples with great hope before 2015 that someone will will save from the grip of terrorists, bandits, kidnappers, armed robbers, cattle rustlers, marauding shepherds and others.
“All we get are empty assurances and guarantees of security from our political leaders every time scores of Nigerians are killed, maimed and abducted, as witnessed recently by the massacres and kidnappings in Agunu, Kagoro, KoronTsohuwa region, the attacks on Kaduna International Airport, the Abuja-Kaduna bound train which resulted in eight people being killed, dozens injured and more than 150 kidnapped, the killings of our valiant soldiers and vigilantes in the infamous Birnin-Gwari axis and more recently the Plateau, Benue and Taraba massacres have left most Nigerians with little or no faith in those charged with constitutional accountability to protect their lives and property.
“To say the least, the apparent incompetence and lack of political will to deal head on with the ever growing insecurity has left most Nigerians in a state of embarrassment as some members of the National Assembly and other well-respected Nigerians are publicly calling on citizens to bear arms in self-defense. Do we need any more signs of a failing state? Your guess is as good as mine.”