Archbishop Emeritus of Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Anthony Cardinal Okogie has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to return to his campaign promises to Nigeria or risk a revolution.
Speaking with reporters yesterday in Lagos, the cardinal claimed that one year after inauguration, the Buhari-led government has derailed from its promises to the people, stressing that the poor masses now roam about without proper guidance while majority are left in penury in the midst of plenty.
According to Okogie, “The swearing in of the APC government last year was perceived as a major milestone in the people’s quest for positive change and improvement in their quality of life. But a year later, thousands of workers are being laid off every day, the value of the Naira is falling drastically, while many states are owing their workers many months of unpaid salaries.”
Pointing out the high poverty level among the youths in the last one year of the current administration, the Cardinal warned that the Federal Government must tread softly with the Biafra agitators and Niger Delta Avengers, noting that there was so much poverty among the youth.
“There is a popular saying that to jaw jaw is better than to war war, I am aware that the Niger Delta Avengers have reeled out a number of conditions to be met before seizing further attacks on oil installations. I am equally aware that President Buhari has vowed to deal decisively with the militants.
“While condemning the disruption of our oil facilities under any guise, I equally want to, stress that the use of military force is not a solution,” noting that option of military would only aggravate the situation,” he said.