A former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi-Okogie has a piece of advice for President Muhammad Buhari.

And this is that President Buhari should not dismiss former President Olusegun Obasanjo and military dictator, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida as mere wailers.

 The has former Lagos Archbishop of the Catholic Church who noted that Nigerians are angry over poverty and insecurity in the country, urged Buhari to consider the pieces of advice he has received from the former heads of state, including the ones from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria and others

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He said, “The truth is: Nigerians are not happy; Nigerians are hungry and angry. They are not happy because their lives and their belongings are not safe.  They work so hard while the value of the money they earn cannot make them enjoy basic things of life.

“Nigerians are unhappy because the economy has been so mismanaged that some cannot pay the school fees of their children.  Nigerians are unhappy because they have not got jobs.

“Nigerians are unhappy because, instead of hope, they are offered propaganda and insults by the President’s men. Nigerians are angry because their loved ones are butchered by herdsmen while the response of government is woeful,” the top Catholic clergy wrote in a letter he made available to the media.

According to him, “The issue at hand is more serious than getting re-elected.  It cannot be resolved by way of a facile intra-party reconciliation.  Before it can succeed, this government must admit it has failed. 

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“Before it can retrace its steps, this government must admit that it has strayed from the path of keeping the promises it made, promises that made Nigerians to vote as they did in 2015.”

He added: “Apart from seeking intra-party reconciliation, this government must first reconcile with Nigerians by treating them with respect.”

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