Former Catholic Archbishop of Lagos Olubunmi Okogie, has criticized the Muhammadu Buhari urging it to admit honourably that it has failed”.
The cleric made this statement six weeks after he advised Buhari to “respect himself and retire”.
Lamenting the high rate of insecurity and the level of unemployment, the fiery priest said the president should dedicate efforts towards finding a lasting solution rather than focusing on his re-election.
Okogie also wondered why Buhari was more interested in resolving the crisis within the All Progressives Congress (APC) and not the problems being faced by Nigerians.
“The truth is: Nigerians are not happy; Nigerians are hungry and angry. They are not happy because their lives and their belongings are not safe. They work so hard while the value of the money they earn cannot make them enjoy basic things of life,” he said in a statement.
“Nigerians are unhappy because the economy has been so mismanaged that some cannot pay the school fees of their children. Nigerians are unhappy because they have not got jobs. Nigerians are unhappy because, instead of hope, they are offered propaganda and insults by the president’s men. Nigerians are angry because their loved ones are butchered by herdsmen while the response of government is woeful.
“The issue at hand is more serious than getting re-elected. It cannot be resolved by way of a facile intra-party reconciliation. Before it can succeed, this government must admit it has failed. Before it can retrace its steps, this government must admit that it has strayed from the path of keeping the promises it made, promises that made Nigerians to vote as they did in 2015.
“Apart from seeking intra-party reconciliation, this government must first reconcile with Nigerians by treating them with respect.”
He added that the criticisms of former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida must not be dismissed.
The elder statesmen had asked Buhari to forget about the 2019 election.
Going historical, Okogie said the late football commentator, Ernest Okonkwo, was fond of using an Igbo proverb while giving a minute-by-minute description of football matches on the radio.