Archbishop advises Buhari on insecurity, others
The Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Most Rev. Adewale Martins,
has charged President Muhammad Buhari to ensure that issues of insecurity, true
federalism, provision of basic amenities and infrastructure, are addressed in
his second term.
Martins gave the advice in Lagos while answering questions
from newsmen after a Mass to mark the 2019 World Communications Day.
The theme for the 2019 event, which is the 53rd World
Communications Day is: “We are Members One of Another,” (cf Ephesians 4: 25);
“From Network Community to Human Communities”.
The World Communications Day is marked annually on the
Sunday before the Pentecost, to celebrate the achievements of the
communications media and focus of how it can be positively used to promote
Martins said: “I believe that it is on the lips of everyone
in this country that insecurity and the spate of insecurity is a major issue
that must be addressed.
“It must be addressed because the killings are getting too
many, the kidnappings and nobody accounting for them are getting too many.
“And indeed, it is becoming so bad that people are beginning
to think of how they will defend themselves or protect themselves.
“If our government does not address this issue of
insecurity, it can lead to destabilisation of this country because by the time
different people begin to want to protect themselves, and take their own lives
into their hands, we are going to run into a situation of anarchy.
“And so, whatever it is they may have been doing before, it
certainly is not enough. And more needs to be done, even if it means changing
of personnel, if it means re-engineering the structure of the security, it
should be done.
“Such is what may give danger to the corporate existence of
our nation at this point in time.”
According to Martins, the second area which is important for
President Buhari to address is the agitation for true federalism in Nigeria.
He said that true federalism is a potential for growth.
“A time there was, when the federal character of the nation
was evident in the way governance was carried on.
“But a time came when the military came in and things just
turned around. We have gone back to civilian regimes for many years now and we
are still running the same kind of structure in which the federal government
has everything within its power range.
“I think that it is important to reconsider the structure of
“And I was glad when it was reported that the president said
it was one of the issues that he was going to address.
“Everyone is waiting with rapt attention as to how that
would be done.
“The party in power once set up a committee to look at this
whole issue of restructuring, they came out with a report that never saw the
light of day, at least the people never knew what it is.
“That report seems to have died just as soon as the
president said that that was not the problem of Nigeria.”
However, the Archbishop said he was glad that the president
was considering looking into the issue of the structure of the nation.
“It is important, it is to my own understanding and the
understanding of many people in this nation that we should reconsider the
structure of our country.
“This is in order that we will be able to reach the goal,
the potential that we have.
“It simply cannot work if all authorities, all resources are
concentrated at one point and everybody else has to tow in order to access the
resources that belong to the entire nation.
“It doesn’t help democracy. It doesn’t help our total
development; so, that is the second thing that government needs to look into.’’
Martins also urged the president to ensure that functional
social facilities and systems were available.
“Social facilities that people need, housing, good
education, health facilities that are capable of really helping our people live
their lives to the full must be available.
“I believe our country needs to spend much more money on
that and bring out policies that ameliorate things from the way they are now.
“I believe that by the time all of these things are put into
top gear, there is more than enough to make this country better,” the
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