The former President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and the Archbishop of Abuja, John Onaiyekan has expressed concern that a gang of criminals are gradually taking over Nigeria.
“We have a gang of criminals that are almost taking over our country and the government should either do it or allow others to do it,” Onaiyekan stressed, during an interview with newsmen after the ordination of the Auxillary Bishop of Minna Diocese yesterday, February 20.
According to him, the war against bandits, Boko Haram and other criminal gangs has nothing to do with religion, politics, ethnicity, saying: “this has nothing to do with APC or PDP, it is not political and we have also seen that it has nothing to do with Islam or Christianity, not even with our ethical differences. “
He warned however that if the government does not take a definite step, there will be a revolt that would be dangerous to the people.
“The fact remains that we are not where we should be. We should not be living in a country where we are always with our hearts in our mouth when we are moving from one place to another”
“We should not be living in a country where the children cannot study in schools and where bandits can come and cart away students and their teachers into the bush and sit there and boast for dialogue.
“Sadly, we have people who claim to be our leaders; who during elections forced us, begged us and cajoled us to put them in power, now that they are in power, do your work for goodness sake.”
“If the government cannot secure the lives of the people, they should call for a kind of national cohesion. They should stop pretending that they are the ones ruling. In some countries when these incidents happen, it gets to a stage where the government will call for national unity where everyone comes on board to proffer solutions.”
Onaiyekan said the government has no excuse for the current insecurity in parts of the country.