Resign As President, You Have Failed to Protect Nigerians- Cardinal Okogie to Buhari

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It has been a rough month in Nigeria. There was the trailer falling over and crushing cars in Ojuelegba, the killing of people in Plateau, the death of D’banj’s son and most recently the tanker explosion that occurred on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway that claimed the lives of many.

While not every single one of these things is the government’s fault (D’banj’s son for instance), it has been perceived by many as a failure of the system and the government as a whole.

Popular cleric, Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie is also of this view and has in an open letter asked for President Buhari to vacate his seat.

In the letter, Okogie cited the failure of the President to protect the people of the nation from the incessant attacks from terrorist organisations so on.

He said:  “Dear Mr. President, Call a Spade a Spade, You were elected to protect the land and its people but neither is being protected under your watch.

“You, therefore, have the most important decision of your career to make. And that decision is this: Are you for Nigerians or not?”

He also pointed out that the killings were taking the lives of an unquantifiable number of people

“The number (of Nigerians) killed under your watch, Mr. President, provides more than convincing evidence that the government you lead has failed to secure our lives. You are the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces.

“If more than three years into your administration, you have been unable to stop these killings, why don’t you seriously consider the option of an honourable renunciation of the presidential seat?

“One of the major factors behind the patent failure of your government is the fact that you are surrounded by men and women who fail to tell you the truth about Nigeria and who shield you from seeing what is happening to the ordinary Nigerians.

“Instead of assisting you in the governance of this country, they insult those whose dissenting opinions you need if you are to succeed.

“How does one explain the fact that under your watch as the Commander-in-Chief, agencies established to maintain law and order, instead of protecting innocent citizens of this country, dissipate their energy running after members of opposing parties? Do you call that democracy?

“No right-thinking person would advocate letting anyone off who has committed a crime. No one is above the law, not even you, Mr. President. That is why the Constitution provides for a process of removing the President.

“That is why the point must also be made that those who contravene the laws of Nigeria be brought to book, irrespective of their political, regional, ethnic or religious affiliation. But the sad reality is: under your watch, that is not what is happening.”

Okogie also questioned Buhari’s failure to arrest representatives of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria seeing as they have already taken responsibility for a lot of the killings.

“A member of the Miyetti Allah appeared on television, justifying as retaliatory the killings in Plateau State. He was not the first member of the Miyetti Allah to make the statement.

“Nigerians are baffled that he has yet to be arrested. Where were those responsible for our security at a time they were needed most?

“Dear President Buhari, I am compelled to write to you again because, since the bloodshed of the first day of this year, there has been more bloodshed in Zamfara State and in the Middle Belt.

“The latest killings in Plateau State make us wonder: where were you, Mr. President, while innocent lives were being wasted in Plateau State? Where were your service chiefs when babies were being ripped out of their mothers’ wombs by men who claim to do so because of their cows?

“While all this happened during the national convention of your party, it would be unfair to insinuate that the latest round of killings had anything to do with your party.

“However, it was scandalous that at about the time innocent Nigerians were being slaughtered like cows in Plateau State last weekend, some members of your party were dancing and feasting at your party’s convention in Abuja, while some were throwing chairs at each other, and some others were exchanging blows.

“That, in itself, points to the absence of democracy in your party, as is the case in virtually all the political parties in Nigeria.”

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