The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos Metropolitan See, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie, has outlined his causes the latest declare made by former President Olusegun Obasanjo about alleged Fulanization of Nigeria underneath President Muhammadu Buhari might a actuality.
Okogie questioned the management of President Buhari whereas lamenting that “the security situation in Nigeria has become worse than deplorable.”
The cleric famous that Nigeria was being attacked; questioning if this was how the residents might be watching whereas the nation turns into more inhabitable than it has ever been in her historical past.
This was contained in a statement he entitled: “Nigeria is under attack” on Tuesday the place he backed Obasanjo’s claims on “Fulanisation and Islamisation.”
He stated that Obasanjo was “pointing to an open secret, and that there’s a synergy between Boko Haram, herdsmen and ISIS.
Okogie’s statement added, “On a Monday in September 2015, former Finance Minister, Chief Olu Falae, was on his farm in Ilado close to Akure when some armed males got here searching for him.
“At gunpoint, they kidnapped him and held him till the next Thursday. At the age of 77, he was made to stroll a number of kilometres. He was made to sleep within the rain.
“According to his personal account printed in some nationwide dailies, each half an hour, his armed abductors threatened: ‘Baba, we are going to kill you. If you don’t give us cash we’re going to kill you.’
“By 2018, herdsmen had been wreaking havoc within the states of the center belt of Nigeria.
“Then, a retired Chief of Army Staff, a veteran of army intervention in Nigerian politics, General Theophilus Danjuma, warned that there was ethnic cleaning within the center belt.
“Having misplaced confidence within the authorities’s willingness or potential to take care of the state of affairs, General Danjuma known as on the people of the center belt to take duty for their very own safety.
“The response of aides to the President of the Federal Republic was to insult him and name him names he didn’t need to bear.
“Recently, former President Obasanjo added his voice to these of Chief Falae, Gen. Danjuma and plenty of others, voices warning us of heightened insecurity in our nation. President Obasanjo spoke of ‘Fulanisation and Islamisation.’
“But in what has turn into a typical response from aides to President Buhari, President Obasanjo’s considerations weren’t addressed. What he obtained had been gratuitous insults from President Buhari’s aides.
“Nonetheless, it’s extremely important that one in every of President Obasanjo’s most virulent critiques, Professor Wole Soyinka, urged the federal authorities to handle the problems he raised.
“The subject is neither the character nor the political affiliation of those that are talking. The subject is insecurity and the federal government’s incapacity or unwillingness to handle the problem.
“Nigeria in her vastness is within the firm grips of kidnappers, armed robbers, herdsmen, bandits and insurgents. ‘Government officials tell us that Boko Haram has been “technically defeated”.
“But there’s a huge abyss between authorities propaganda and the expertise of the citizen. Despite authorities propaganda, Boko Haram, with frequent and convincing repetition, demonstrates that it has more firepower than the Nigerian army.
“Our highways are unsafe. A serious freeway just like the Abuja-Kaduna Road has turn into a theatre of operation for kidnappers.
“The northwestern states of Zamfara and Katsina have turn into totally unsafe. They have been taken over by armed bandits. Yet, all that presidential aides have to supply involved Nigerians is insolence.
“Shortly after Chief Falae’s abduction, Nigerians woke as much as hear of clandestine and unlawful importation of arms into Nigeria.
“There had been stories that arrests had been made. But Nigerians now not hear of any judicial course of to which these importers are being subjected. The matter seems to have died. Little marvel we now stay in a Nigeria saturated with ammunition.
“How on earth can we declare to be residing in a democratic polity when presidential aides neglect or ignore the truth that the President was put in workplace by the votes of the people?
“For in the event that they knew the ideas of democracy; they might not be disrespectful to Nigerians who occur to carry views divergent from these of presidency on how political opinions are to be dealt with.
“One would have thought that, by now, 4 years since 2015, presidential aides would have grasped the distinction between insolence and competence.
“One doesn’t want to carry any transient for former President Obasanjo to know that his considerations on this matter are real. One solely must learn rigorously the textual content of his intervention.
“One needn’t be his buddy or political ally to look at that there are one-sided actions on the a part of the federal government in issues of safety.
“Well-meaning Nigerians categorical considerations that herdsmen are handled with child gloves and allowed to get away with homicide whereas another agitators are known as terrorists, proscribed and gunned down.
“A ‘technically defeated’ Boko Haram continues to carry Leah Sharibu in captivity whereas the federal authorities secured the release of her Muslim schoolmates and the release of Zainab Aliyu and Ibrahim Abubakar from dying row in Saudi Arabia.
“Obasanjo is pointing to an open secret, and that’s: there’s a synergy between Boko Haram, herdsmen and ISIS.
“This synergy, resulting in a gradual implementation of the Islamisation agenda of ISIS, is what’s being known as Fulanisation and Islamisation.
“It is in regards to the imposition by ISIS of its personal model of Islam. Whoever opposes it, be that particular person Christian or Muslim or Fulani, is eradicated.
“The safety state of affairs in Nigeria has turn into worse than deplorable. Nigeria is being attacked. Is this how all of us might be watching whereas our nation turns into more inhabitable than it has ever been in her historical past? Is there management on this nation?
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“If so, what kind of management do we’ve got? It is the duty of the president and his aides to handle the state of affairs in methods which can be manifestly even-handed. There are fears that some people have taken over this nation. We are held hostage on our land.
“This country is in the hands of invaders, bandits, herdsmen and kidnappers. Nigeria is under attack. Will the President and Commander in Chief show leadership?”
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