By Noé Ebije, Kaduna
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 yesterday.
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 by 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 don’t know if the president knows that his name goes down in history as a president who oversees the killing of his people, as a president who is an oil minister, today in Kaduna we don ‘t have 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. Mr. President should sit down. Even if someone speaks for him, he is telling lies. In other climates, the President will not sleep and heads will roll because someone is responsible for the laxity that has led to this train attack.
“For me, Mr. President needs to take an x-ray of his leadership over the past seven years because by 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? “.
Regarding the pardon granted by the State to former Governors of Taraba and Plateau States, Jolly Nyame and Joshua Dariye, the Anglican Bishop said, “As Femi Falana said, someone stole Indomie and you sent to six months in prison, and someone stole billions of naira that you set him free.
“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 to disagree with Bulama Bukarti’s assertion that which “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, Koron Tsohuwa region, the attacks on Kaduna International Airport, the train bound for Abuja-Kaduna which resulted in the death of eight people, dozens injured and the kidnapping of more than 150, the killings of our valiant soldiers and vigilantes in the infamous Birnin Gwari axis and more recently the Plateau, Benue and Taraba mass murders have left most Nigerians with little or no faith in those tasked with the constitutional responsibility to protect their life 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.”