Cardinal Anthony Okogie, the emeritus archbishop of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, lamented the state of Nigeria on Wednesday, calling it a failed state.
At a thanksgiving mass for his 85th birthday and 50th Episcopal Ordination anniversary held at the Catholic Church of Assumption in Lagos, he said that while the problems facing the country were not new, they have gotten worse in the last six years.
According to him, it was shocking for President Muhammadu Buhari to declare during the sixth anniversary of his government that Nigerians were better off than when he took over.
The country is experiencing all the signs of a failed state, lamenting the high level of insecurity.
In addition to insecurity and insurgency in every part of the country, Okogie, the former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), lamented.
He argues that there has been no coordinated or articulate response to these challenges, besides playing to the ostriches as usual.
According to him, the Federal Government’s recent ban on the microblogging platform, Twitter, is too harsh.
According to him, what Nigeria needed was national restoration, which is not entirely human-made, but God-given.
Currently, there appears to be no end in sight to impunity and terror in Nigeria, as it appears the country is evolving into a killing field.
Nigeria is clearly a failed state, as the matter speaks for itself. When a nation is no longer able to protect and secure the welfare of its citizens, it has failed.
When a country’s citizens find themselves surrounded by a conundrum of grief and fire instead of being a safe harbor for them, then the country fails.
“When a government fails to reassure its citizens by actions and policies that their future is secure, it results in most citizens planning to flee the country for other locales that do function. Today, this is essentially the case.
Well, it is true that our problems didn’t begin under this administration, but they seem to have gotten worse economically and politically during the past six years. The insurgency in the northeast continues and insecurity has spread across the country despite the deployment of the military everywhere.
As bandits stroll casually into schools and take tens or hundreds of students, the avalanche of banditry and kidnapping has overwhelmed parts of the northwest and central of students and While they disappear into nearby forests or bushes, the entire security apparatus often appears clueless or helpless.
Likewise, the security situation in some parts of the southeast is a concern, with officers being mobbed, soldiers being butchered, innocent citizens being killed, and property being destroyed.
As they come in and out, operate in an untraceable manner, the term “unknown gunmen” has become our favorite. The Fulani herdsmen case has been handled poorly so far. Unemployment, inflation, fear, poverty, and misery are on the rise. The sad thing is that there is no articulate coordinated response by the government to curb these downward trends other than playing the ostrich and throwing tantrums when they are criticized, as with Twitter’s rather harsh suspension.”
Yet the clergyman urged all levels of government “to rise to the occasion and save this nation from drowning.”
“Let them listen to the cries of the people and do what is necessary. Insecurity and anxiety have a significant impact on our lives. To save this once favored land, we need to come together.” he said.