“The expertise of these agencies is demonstrable on the civilian population, but not on those who have picked up arms against the State,” the Nigerian Archbishop bemoans.
He says, “The primary responsibility of Government, as enshrined in the constitution, is the protection of lives and property of its citizens irrespective of ethnic and/or religious persuasion. Any breach of this fundamental principle of social contract contravenes the very reason for which Government exists.”
In his considered view, “The failure to protect the people is put squarely at the doorstep of the Federal Government that has lost the capacity to rein in sundry cartels of gunmen who now terrorize different places, particularly in the North, without let or hindrance.”
“At this point, it should be clear to the authorities that the existing strategy to stem insecurity and foster peace, is not working and should either be looked into, improved or at best redesigned,” he says.
Making reference to the Senators who urged President Muhammadu Buhari to dismiss service chiefs and appoint new ones, the Archbishop says, “This, without question or doubt, will be a right step in the right direction.”
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“The government has to sit up and do the needful in ensuring that terrorists are checkmated, criminals rounded up, bandits dismantled, and kidnappers put out of business. This is the very least the citizens expect from their leaders,” Archbishop Kaigama says at the end of his statement published December 15 on his Facebook page.
Meanwhile, the Archbishop of Nigeria’s Lagos Archdiocese has also added his voice to the condemnation of the invasion of the all-boys Government Science School in Katsina State in the Diocese of Sokoto.
“Almost every day, we hear issues of kidnapping on the roads, on the farms, we cannot count the number of kidnapped victims on a daily basis,” Archbishop Alfred Adewale Martins has been quoted as saying December 15 during the inauguration and installation of executives of Catholic Action Nigeria.
In the report, Archbishop Adewale makes reference to the attack by the predominantly Muslim Fulani herdsmen and pleads with the nation’s leadership to “be more serious and pragmatic in tackling the problems currently bedeviling the nation, and the continuous threat to agricultural activities caused by herdsmen’s attacks.”
Magdalene Kahiu is a Kenyan journalist with passion in Church communication. She holds a Degree in Social Communications from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). Currently, she works as a journalist for ACI Africa.