The Catholic Archbishop of Kaduna Archdiocese, Most Reverend Mathew Man’oso Ndagoso has charged the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to “wake up to its responsibilities” of ensuring adequate security across the country.
Ndagoso explained that the charge became necessary due to the deteriorating security situation across the country.
Fielding questions from journalists yesterday shortly before the commencement of 142 National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Catholic Laity Council of Nigeria, CLCN, in Kaduna, the Archbishop said failure to ensure the security of lives and properties would rubbish the achievement of government.
He said: “Anybody who cares for this country must be concerned about what is happening today regarding insecurity.
“What is happening in the North East which has crept into the North West, South East and South West is becoming alarming.
“I have made this call before and I will still make it that the responsibility of any government either through the ballot or barrels of the gun or through whatever means is to safeguard the life and property of the citizenry.
“I keep saying if you build roads, build hospitals and other infrastructures if there is no peace, all these things are useless.
“Any responsible government must ensure that there is peace in the country.
“Now that elections are over, the President must ensure integration of Nigerians.”
Also speaking, the National President of CLCN, Thomas Adekoya, lamented that insecurity has rubbished the image of Nigeria at home and before the international community.
Adekoya urged the Buhari federal government to wake up to its responsibilities because the Catholic church is tired of burying priests.
He called on the government to, “as a matter of urgency, initiate moves for the restructuring of the country and saddle the federating units, which we suggest should be the six geopolitical zones, to secure themselves”.
He said: “If the managers of the nation’s security have reached a cul de sac or simply put, have reached their wits end in terms of securing our lives and property, then it means the present structure has become unmanageable.
“The Federal Government should therefore, as a matter of urgency, initiate moves for the restructuring of the country and saddle the federating units, which we suggest should be the six geopolitical zones, to secure themselves.
“It is saddening that our country, Nigeria, has continued to be in the eyes of local and international communities for the wrong reasons.
For the past three months, or since we gave the last state of the nation address, no single day has passed without news of one gruesome killing or the other; one case of kidnapping or the other, raping of minors by matured men, including those who descend as low as raping their own innocent daughters.
“From the foregoing, it is clear that insecurity has continued to dominate our national discuss.
“However, our greatest worry is why the Catholic Church should be at the receiving end of some of the most bizarre of these killings.
In late August, Rev. Fr. David Tanko was on his way to Takum in Taraba State to attend a meeting that would seek ways to end the renewed age-long Tiv/Jukun crises when he was killed by gunmen.