Failing to protect lives of Nigerians: Catholic bishops desire Buhari to resign
President Muhammadu Buhari was asked to resign by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria. In the wake of killing two priests and their parishioners in the early morning of Tuesday.
Buhari has also been called by the country’s legislators to discuss the security situation in Benue state. A vote of no confidence was also passed by the lawmakers in the country’s security chiefs on Wednesday.
The Catholic Bishops accused the president of disregarding repeated calls to bring his attention to the skewed and ineffective security device and strategy employed to cover clashes between the mainly Christian farmers and Muslim herdsmen.
“Whether this failure is due to inability to perform or lack of political will, it is time for him to choose the path of honour and consider stepping aside to save the nation from total collapse”.
‘Since the president who appoints the security chiefs has refused to call them to order, we can only conclude that they are acting out a script he approves of,’‘ the bishops said in their statement.
The statement further says that the citizen has lost the trust in the president, since he has failed in his duty to keep the country safe.
‘‘Whether this failure is due to inability to perform or lack of political wills, it is time for him to choose the path of honour and consider stepping aside to save the nation from total collapse.’
Buhari has been alleged of leniency in this matter, as many people are pointing at him to as that he shares the same ethnicity with the Fulani semi – the nomadic herdsmen. Both the herdsmen and the settled farmers have carried out attacks that have caused hundreds of dead.
President Muhammadu Buhari, had vowed to end the revolt while taking office in 2015 and warned citizens against playing into the hands of the agents of disunity, while condoling with the victims of the latest attack.
The subject of securing Africa’s most populated country has become politically charged in the run-up to an election next year which Buhari said he wants to contest.
The Middle Belt region includes a number of swing states that could play a significant role in determining Buhari’s electoral prospects.