Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Ecclesiastical Province has said that Nigeria has failed under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Bishops alleged selective administration of justice by the Buhari-led government, saying that the activities of bandits, kidnappers and other criminal elements show that the FG has failed in its primary responsibility of protecting lives and properties of citizens.
This was contained in a communique issued on Wednesday by the bishops from Ibadan Archdiocese, Ilorin, Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti and Osogbo Dioceses after their meeting at the Domus Pacis Pastoral Institute, Igoba in Akure.
In the communique signed by the province Chairman and Secretary, Archbishop Gabriel Abegunrin and Bishop Akin Oyejola, respectively, the Bishops lamented that the country, under the present administration, has lost its soul.
The communiqué reads, “Nigeria, our country, seems to have lost its very soul because it is no longer a healthy entity. The good health of any nation consists in its capacity to offer its citizens a territory where they can feel at home, feel secure and enjoy the necessities of life.
“This, unfortunately, is no longer the case in our dear country, Nigeria, where, armed conflicts, armed robbery, kidnapping for ransom, insurgency, banditry and extrajudicial killing persist as the order of the day. When a nation loses its soul, its people lose the cohesive elements of human relationships. A nation that has lost its soul is characterised by inept, uncaring leadership which functions by selective allocation of posts, privileges and resources and by selective application of justice. It is characterised by leaders who, rather than care for the citizens of the country, simply exploit and denigrate them.”
The Bishops blasted the presidency for attacking the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, who revealed the state of things in the country to the United States Congress.
According to the Bishops, Kukah is not only patriotic but also deeply concerned about the state of the nation.
“Bishop Kukah, in his patriotic and frank presentation called attention to some verifiable data and statistics about the Nigerian situation on that privileged international platform. He spoke for authentic Christians and Muslims who are under persecution. No doubt, he intended to solicit the support of that forum which many Nigerians believe holds the promise of some assistance and relief from our current national crises.
“The Federal Government, however, has characteristically gone up in arms against the person of Bishop Kukah and his purpose. It is commonly said that when there is a problem in a democracy, more democracy is needed to solve it. Sadly enough, our current federal government does not seem to subscribe to this.
“For the sake of our democracy, that right, exercised with responsibility, must be protected. We support Bishop Kukah in his effort to unveil the truth about the Nigerian situation to ameliorate things. We call on the Federal Government to learn not to see criticism as an attack or a crime,” the Bishops said.