“While condemning the disruption of our oil facilities under any guise, I equally want to, stress that the use of military force is not a solution.”
Archbishop Emeritus of Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Cardinal Anthony Okogie, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari that if he does not incorporate the ruling party’s blueprint and redirect the ship of state, he may risk a revolution.
Vanguard reports that Cardinal Okogie stated this on Tuesday, May 31, while addressing newsmen in his Archbishop’s Court in Ikoyi, Lagos, as part of preparations for his 80th birthday and his 50th priestly ordination anniversary.
Commenting on the state of the nation after one year of Buhari’s administration, the cardinal said:
“The swearing in of the APC government last year was perceived as a major milestone in the people’s quest for positive change and improvement in their quality of life. But a year later, thousands of workers are being laid off every day, the value of the Naira is falling drastically, while many states are owing their workers many months of unpaid salaries,” he said.
Okogie advised the federal government, which gave so much promise last year, to tread softly with the Biafra agitators and Niger Delta Avengers.
“There is a popular saying that to jaw jaw is better than to war war, I am aware that the Niger Delta Avengers have reeled out a number of conditions to be met before seizing further attacks on oil installations. I am equally aware that President Buhari has vowed to deal decisively with the militants,” he said.
The cardinal added that just a few day ago, the Nigerian military stormed Gbaramatu Kingdom in search of ex-militant, Government Ekpemupolo, alias Tompolo.
“While condemning the disruption of our oil facilities under any guise, I equally want to, stress that the use of military force is not a solution,” he noted.
According to Okogie, the military would only aggravate the current situation in the region.