The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Reverend Alfred Adewale Martins has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that he lives up to his words by tackling the issues of corruption and others that have deteriorated the condition of Nigerians. Speaking at a press conference held in honour of his 56th birthday by the Lagos Archdiocese Knights of Saint Mulumba (KSM) at the Holy Cross Cathedral Hall, Lagos, the Archbishop, stated that the mind blowing corruption in virtually all sectors of the economy speaks volumes of the level of stench waiting to be cleansed and sanitised by the President.
“As laudable as and desirable as it may seem for the new President to sanitize our corrupt system, including the justice system, my advice is that he should not allow himself to be distracted by setting up probe panels that would mean undue expenditure of lean resources. Rather he should empower the judiciary, the anti corruption and law enforcement agencies to ensure that all those already indicted for corrupt charges, no matter how highly placed they may be , would be made to make restitution.”
According to him, ability to investigate new cases which would send a strong message that the days of impunity are truly over should not be jettisoned. The chief shepherd declared that President Buhari’s inaugural speech which he vowed to tackle the numerous issues facing the nation was quite commendable, adding that the different sectors like petroleum, power, the cutting down of the cost of governance, empowering security agencies and all round development should be looked into. “No matter how well intentioned the President may be, he cannot succeed except he has a good team to work with .
And so my candid advise to him is not to recycle old hands but to appoint only very credible, impeccable and competent professionals to oversee the various ministries, parastatals and agencies of government.