The regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), seems to have no solution to the security challenges in Nigeria, Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Abuja, John Cardinal Onaiyekan, said on Saturday.
Onaiyekan, a former President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, believed that the state of insecurity in the country was making almost every aspect of “our national life problematic.”
He expressed these views in his keynote address delivered during the special citizens’ summit in commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the National Association of Seadogs, popularly known as Pyrates Confraternity in Abuja, with the theme, ‘The state of the nation.’
At the event, NAS Capoon, Abiola Owoaje, said the association, since its creation, had remained resolute in galvanizing Nigerians irrespective of political interests, ethnic background and religious persuasion.
He said the summit was one of the ways members of the organisation have been contributing their quota to national development.
“This special edition provides another opportunity to compel each of us as Nigerians to reflect on our individual roles in working for the redemption and progress of Nigeria. Without exaggeration, the unity and development of Nigeria is a responsibility each Nigerian has a share.
“As an apolitical and non-religious organisation with principles of humanistic ideals, the opinion of the organization remains strongly rooted in the unity, development and progress of Nigeria”, Owoaje said.
Onaiyekan, however, expressed optimism that notwithstanding the challenges, Nigeria was yet to reach the stage of being referred to as a failed state.
He maintained that only a few people who were in and outside of government and are personal beneficiaries of the performance of the government may be quite happy with the present situation.
Credit: Newspot Nigeria