Resign if you can’t secure Nigerians – Archbishop Chukwuma to Buhari
By Uzoh Ugwueze and Millicent Onaga, Enugu
The Archbishop of the Enugu Ecclesiastical Province and Bishop of Enugu Diocese, Anglican Communion, Most Rev. Emmanuel Chukwuma, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to quit government if he cannot protect Nigerian citizens and residents in the country.
Chukwuma spoke at a press briefing to mark his 31st Episcopal ordination.
The fiery primate known for his outspokenness on issues, particularly those concerning the ordinary man, x-rayed the security and economic challenges facing the country and advised the Buhari federal government to step aside if it cannot provide solutions to the problems.
He said Nigerians had lost total confidence in Buhari’s administration, the reason the president should consider stepping aside to avoid pushing the country into a coup de’état situation.
Lamenting the endless security challenges and killings across the country, the Archbishop declared: “we are calling on the government to declare security emergency because things have got out of hand and, if they can’t do something about it, let them leave the government.
“They should not move this country to coup (de’état) situation.”
He added that, “the federal government, under Buhari, has failed the nation and we have no confidence, any more, in them.
“We have lost confidence in the economy; we have lost confidence in the political system; we have lost confidence in governance; we have lost confidence in security and something must be done.
“If it is not done, I predict a revolution and it will be such that, even the high and mighty will have no hiding place.”
He stressed that there was so much hunger and injustice in the land, whereas the ruling class was displaying crass selfishness, nonchalant attitude and incompetence.
He, equally, argued that the terrorism tag should be lifted on the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, adding “That’s why I quarrelled with (information and culture minister) Lai Mohammed the other time. It is wrong for him to say IPOB are terrorists; they are agitators not terrorists. They are agitating for equity, so the terrorism tag should be removed.
“On the EBUBEAGU and the ESN, I also want to say that there should be no fear about (any) clash. Those who are insinuating that EBUBEAGU will work against ESN should stop that. No such thing will happen. They are both working to secure Igboland.
“For that reason, both the Southeast Governors and Ohanaeze Ndigbo should be given maximum support. They mean well for Ndigbo. The only thing is that they didn’t take action quickly enough, but they are doing that now.”
Archbishop Chukwuma described the present National Assembly as the worst in the history of the country, saying “I call them stamping National Assembly. This is because all they do is to stamp whatever the presidency wants.”