An Archbishop Of The Catholic Church Has Said That Despite Still Learning To Be Democratic, President Muhammadu Buhari Must See Every Section Of The Country As Equal Stakeholders
Catholic Bishop of Owerri Archdiocese, Archbishop Anthony Obinna, has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a man who is still learning to be democratic, accusing the president of being sectional in his actions since he became the nation’s leader.
The Archbishop’s outburst followed the president’s lopsided appointment since he was sworn in on May 29, 2015 where the president had made 31 major appointments with seven coming from the South while 24 were from the North. He is also unhappy that the president’s fight against corruption had been targeted more at southern Nigerians.
Speaking ahead of the 2015 Odenigbo Annual Lecture series at the Maria Assumpta Cathederal, Owerri, Archbishop Obinna said based on the his actions in the last three months, Buhari still needed to shed off his military background, adding that the president was still learning how to be democratic.
“Buhari should know that this country has left the military era where the head of state can do anything without caring about whose ox is gored. He is still behaving like a soldier and being sectionalist and not nationalistic as somebody had said earlier.
We are praying for him and expect that he will change his stance on other sections of the country”, he said. While advising the president to carry every section of the country along in his appointments and other activities, Obinna stressed that appointments should be spread among the six geo-political zones of the country.
He maintained that the president’s “sectionalist’ stance would be inimical to the unity of Nigeria if he did not change. “When (Gen. Sani) Abacha died, and Obasanjo came in as a democratic president, everybody rejoiced because we all thought democracy would unite Nigeria more as one nation, but it is regrettable that successive administrations have not done much to truly unite the country. “Every Nigerian is equal to another and therefore should not be segregated upon by any leader.
Every part of Nigeria must be respected as an integral part of the nation and given its due. Until that is done, Nigeria can’t move forward as a nation”, said the Archbishop.
On the 2015 Odenigbolecture, Obinna said the lecture titled “Obe Jesu Kristi: Ofo Ndu, Ogu Ndu (The Cross of Jesus Christ, the living truth, the living innocence), would add a lot to the culture of the Igbo.
At the lecture series which had turned 20 years, he said there would be various activities to herald the main event which would take place on Saturday September 5, adding that the lecture series was commenced in 1996 because of the development and good news the gospel of Jesus Christ brought to Igbo land. “It removed fears from us.
However, the coming of the missionaries and whites to Africa reduced our language to rubbish and tried to makeus less human. But I decided that we must use our language to give God glory”, he said, adding that since the lecture started over 20 years ago, most Igbo people were no longer ashamed of speaking the language and that the people were seriously going back to their roots.
– Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri