Anti-corruption War: Bishops Want Buhari To Adopt New Strategy
The anti-corruption war is ongoing in Nigeria, but some Catholic Bishops believe the current strategy has lost strength and needs to be reinforced.
They want the president to rejig his puzzle because the present methods are not yielding desired results.
Bishops from the Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province made the call in a statement issued after a 2-day conference at St. Micheal’s Catholic Cathedral, Minna, Niger, on Tuesday.
According to them, the fight against corruption appears to be mired in judicial technicalities.
“The conference decried that insurgency, cattle rustling, kidnapping and assassination are on the rise in the country leading to wanton loss of lives.
“We are saddened that things seem to have gotten progressively worse today in the country” the statement read.
They also noted that 2 years into the present administration, “there are no measurable changes in the welfare of the people”.
The conference pointed out that recession had not abated and that lives of ordinary people continue to hang in the balance.
"The people entrusted the present government with their hopes by voting across religion and regions but that government seemed to have squandered most of that goodwill," they said.
The ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was also a source of concern for the bishops and they feared it had become 'incessant' and 'a bigger burden for parents and their children'.
“ASUU’s season of strikes has undermined the credibility and value of education and seriously lowered the integrity of the academia,” it said.
The clerics “joined millions of Nigerians in thanking God for answering prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari’s recovery.
“We will continue to pray to God to give him strength and wisdom to face the challenges that our nation faces in these difficult moments.”
The Kaduna Ecclesiastical Province comprises Kaduna, Sokoto, Kontangora, Zaria, Minna, Kano and Kafanchan areas.