Lagos, 05 February, 2020 / 3:48 am (ACI Africa).
Following increased cases of abductions and murder targeting Christians in the West African nation of Nigeria, the most recent case being the killing of the 18-year-old seminarian Michael Nnadi, the retired Archbishop of Lagos, Anthony Olubunmi Cardinal Okogie has faulted claims by government officials that Boko Haram has been defeated and said President Muhammadu Buhari and some members of his administration have a task of defending themselves before God.
“Any government spokesman, presidential media assistant or service chief, who says that Boko Haram has been defeated, will be answerable to God for every life that Boko Haram has destroyed,” Cardinal Okogie stated in his Tuesday, February 4 open letter that lists various murders attributed to “a faction of Boko Haram under the banner of Islamic State of West Africa Province (ISWAP)” since last December.
“One of the biggest lies ever told by any government in the history of Nigeria is that Boko Haram has been “technically defeated”. Boko Haram has not been defeated. It is, in fact, waxing stronger”, the 83-year-old Cardinal stated in his letter titled “Walls have ears”, Nigeria’s Daily Post has reported.
According to the Nigerian Prelate, President Buhari does not seem to be in control of the affairs of the country, his government is not honest with citizens, and wondered how many innocent citizens will have to “be killed before our government and its functionaries admit that Nigeria is not winning the war against terrorism?”
To explain the failure of President Buhari’s government to maintain the security of citizens, the Cardinal emeritus has chronologically highlighted multiple incidents that demonstrate how ISWAP seems to have “intensified its terrorist acts.”