FG unserious about fighting criminals, sponsors says Cardinal Okojie


As the country faces serious and multiple security crises, the former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Anthony Cardinal Olubunmi Okogie has asked why the Federal Government and its armed forces had not used the same force employed against #EndSARS protesters on criminals across the country.

In a statement titled ‘We need to know who owns the land’, Okogie said Nigeria is in dire need of a competent, accountable and responsible leadership that would unite and not divide the country.

He quoted musician, activist and pastor, the late Sonny Okosun, as saying, “We want to know who owns the land,” in his song, ‘Papa’s land.’

Okogie stated, “We must tell ourselves the truth: Nigerians have fallen victims of dirty and wicked politics whose actors engage and arm their militias during the season of electioneering campaign, fail to disarm them, and fail to settle debt owed to them after the campaign.

“Could it be the case, as some have been suggesting that the arms they used to terrify political opponents are what they now use to traumatize Nigerians?

“Innocent lives are lost every day. There is bloodshed in our land. The psyche of the average Nigerian is subjected to torture. Our children are being abducted at school. Their abduction represents abduction of the future of Nigeria.

“Nigeria is in dire need of responsible, accountable and competent leadership. We need leaders who unite, not those who divide in order to get into power and consolidate power. Nigeria does not need leaders who divide and exploit the division. We are in urgent need of a leader who will preside over our ethnic and religious diversity to unite and not to divide. I ask again: who owns the land?”

He recalled that in a not-too-distant past when news came that arms were being smuggled into Nigeria, “we asked: who has been bringing arms to Nigeria?  Was anyone put on trial for this crime? If so, what was the outcome of the trial?”

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The retired archbishop asked more questions, “Why is it that our government has not been able to secure this land and its inhabitants? Why is it that Nigerians are no longer safe in a country they call their own?  Why is it that our security agents eagerly and forcefully dispersed young and defenseless Nigerians, peacefully protesting the iniquities of the same agents, only to fail or refuse to apprehend those who are terrorizing us day and night?

“To these and related questions, Nigerians are yet to receive credible answers from our security agencies. The matter is not about ‘Fulani herdsmen’ neither is it about ‘northern bandits,’ it is about criminals who, irrespective of their ethnic or religious or regional affiliation, must be identified, apprehended, prosecuted and, if found guilty, treated according to the laws of the land. It is about searching out their sponsors and bringing them to justice.”