Economic woes: Stop blaming Jonathan, other past leaders – Catholic bishops tell Buhari


Catholic Bishops of Ibadan Province have affirmed that there are no signs that President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is truly working.

The clerics noted that the hardship in the country was one of the reasons some persons were calling for the nation to break up.

The bishops raised these concerns in a communiqué signed by its President, Most Reverend Gabriel Abegunrin and Secretary, Bishop John Oyejola at the end of its February meeting held at Oke Ado, Ibadan.

The bishops in the communique enjoined the federal government to stop blaming the past administration for the current economic crisis in the country.

The communiqué read, “It is difficult to deny that Nigeria is undergoing very serious challenges and problems at the moment. While many of our problems are not peculiar to Nigeria, it is true to say that we as government and people of Nigeria do not seem to know how to confront our challenges.

“After nearly two years of the current administration, Nigerians should no longer hear past administrations blamed for the woes of the present.”

“Our present governments, especially at Federal and State levels, have had enough time to demonstrate the capability to bring about the changes promised to Nigerians.

“It is no longer news that Nigerians are truly suffering. Some of this can be understandable under a recession, however, there ought to be clear signs in national life by now that the government and people of our country are truly working to bring things under control.

“Regrettably there is not much evidence of this, currently. Instead, there is a growing sense of desperation in the general populace, that the much expected change has been slowed down.

“This unfortunate situation provokes general badwill manifested in the current proliferation of false information, violent clashes, calls for the break-up of Nigeria and pervasive criminality. It is necessary and urgent to restore the confidence of all Nigerians in the Nigerian nation.

“We call on the government at all levels in Nigeria to continue to optimize strategies to bring about positive change in the nation.

“As things stand, much of the government’s strategies do not seem to be working well. The campaign against corruption seems to be losing steam as convictions are rare and the initial recovery of stolen funds has slowed down.”




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