By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau
Archbishop Emeritus of Abuja Catholic Archdiocese, Cardinal John Onaiyekan has called on the federal government to shun rhetorics over insecurity in Nigeria and to show in practical terms what it’s doing to checkmate insesant killings and abductions going on in the country.
The respected Clergyman also deflected criticisms against Catholic Bishop of Archdiocese of Sokoto, His Lordship Mathew Kukah for always voicing out his views on the security challenges in Nigeria.
Speaking on Easter Monday on African Independent Television (AIT) breakfast programme Kakaaki, Cardinal Onaiyekan said the security situation in the country is worsening by the day hence he said the federal government should strive to arrest the trends.
According to him: “I like the Easter messages of President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Professor Yemi Osibanjo but they need to do something practical to arrest the security situation. Federal Government has the instruments to enforce Law and Order and I will like to encourage them to take practical steps to tackle insecurity in Nigeria”.
On his view on the government’s reactions on the statements credited to Bishop Kukah, Cardinal Onaiyekan said, ” Bishop as a Nigerian has the right to comment on the situation in the country. He, like other citizen has the right to air his views. I do not see anything wrong in what he is saying. The security situations in Nigeria is bad and that is what everyone including Bishop Kukah is saying”.
Cardinal Onaiyekan however said he is praying for the restoration of peace in Nigeria, pointing out that with God all things are possible.