NEWS DIGEST – Some clerics in Lagos have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to use his re-election to do more in improving security of Nigeria, uniting its citizens and use the nation’s resources to develop the country the more.
The clerics gave the advice on Tuesday in a separate interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Adewale Martins, urged the President to do more in the areas of securing lives and property of the citizens.
“The state of the nation, particularly the level of insecurity, is a big concern.
“ We hope that in President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election, he will do a lot more in this area than he did before.
“He should show more passion toward ensuring the security of the nation and do the needful for the country; today we are hearing of insecurity in many parts of the country.
“All of these things naturally don’t give one a lot of confidence, but we are hoping that at his re-election, there will be a reshuffling in the security sector.
“New blood can be brought in, new ideas can come in, probably they will do something different than what was obtainable in the past,” he said.
The Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Lagos State Chapter, Apostle Alexander Bamgbola, also urged Buhari to enhance effort in using the country’s resources to develop the nation.
“If I were the President, I will spend every day developing this country, using every resource to build the nation; he should continue to strive in stopping politicians from stealing from the tax payers’ money.
“He should not allow people plundering this nation to further plunder it, if that is all he will give to this nation; he will remain a statesman of a historical proportion like Mandela,” he said.
The Chairman of Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Pastor Olusola Ore, said that the issue of corruption should be looked into holistically without sacred cows.
“I think he be should up his game in the area of security, the killings; communal and ethnic should stop. The President should look holistically into the issue of corruption.
“The President should look around him and make sure he is not smeared by the people around him,“ Ore said.
Rev. Fr. Stephen Akinsowon, Parish Priest, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Ikeja said, “I think the President needs to unite Nigerians more than ever before.
“I will say that he enjoyed the goodwill of Nigerians in his first term, but it is obvious that it was difficult to convince Nigerians to vote for him the second time around.
“I think he should be thinking of leaving a good legacy for Nigerians so that his name will be written in gold and in the hearts of people,” Akinsowon said. (NAN)