Archbishop Akubueze Accrues FG of Insensitive to Victims of Insurgency

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By: Joy Odor/Abuja

The President, Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), Archbishop Augustine Obiora Akubueze has accused the Federal Government of being insensitive to the plights of victims of insurgency.

The CBCN President said Nigerians are tired of the serial claims by the Federal Government that Boko Haram, which had continued to kill innocent Nigerians, had been technically defeated.

He made the accusation shortly after the Catholics Bishops and its congregations across the country and Abuja took to the streets for a prayer procession to protest aganist the killings of Nigerians by Boko Haram terrorists and kidnappers on Sunday.

Archbishop Akubueze who led the procession with its members defiled the 1st rain of the years to pray for the dead, those in the den of kidnapers and others noted that the lack of prosecution of terrorists is evil while the government’s response to terrorist attack is far below average.

“Today we the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria and with significant support of priests, consecrated persons and our beloved lay faithful embark on a peaceful protest against the high level of insecurity in every part of Nigeria. We are on this peaceful protest on behalf of the over 22 million Catholics and over 100 million Christians in Nigeria.

“We are protesting against the brutal killings of innocent Nigerians by Boko Haram, and terrorists’ herdsmen who are invading people’s farmlands forcefully. We are gathered here to register our protest against the kidnapping for ransom in every part of Nigeria.

“We are gathered to mourn the women, children, babies, and men who have been killed by the terrorists. We are gathered to let the Federal Government of Nigeria know that we are tired of hearing from them that Boko Haram has been “technically defeated” even when they still attacked with impunity. Many local and international security experts have concluded that the terrorists use weapons that are very sophisticated”he said.

He was of the opinion that the silence of the government is sowing and breeding seeds of mistrust and the longer it stays this way, the more it lose those who could have given them the benefit of the doubt.

“The killing of God’s children is evil; the failure to protect innocent people from the relentless attacks is evil, the lack of prosecution of terrorists is evil, our government’s response to terrorist attack is, for lack of better words, far below average.

“There have been too many mass burials, too many kidnappings of schoolchildren, travelers, invasion of people’s homes, invasion of sacred places like churches, mosques, seminaries.

“Your silence is sowing and breeding seeds of mistrust and the longer it stays this way, the more you lose those who could have given you the benefit of the doubt. As things stand now, it appears only a few Nigerians can defend you with reasons, only a few Nigerians can argue that your silence is not an endorsement of the barbaric actions of the terrorists and criminals.

“We cannot understand why the government’s reaction to the beheading of Rev. Lawan Andimi (Michika LG CAN chairman) has not shown that there is going to be any consequences for those responsible” Akubueze stressed.

“We sometimes read of our Government sending condolence messages to western countries when there is a terrorist attack that may have led to the death of one or two persons. We commend the Federal Government for doing this. But we are utterly surprised to discover that the same Nigerian Federal Government will not even send a condolence message to families who have suffered fatalities in the hands of Boko haram.

” We see our President rarely visit or even speak to Nigerians when there are terrorist attacks in Nigeria. The several attacks on the lives of Nigerians are almost a new normal. Our Government seem completely insensitive to the plight of Nigerians. A Government that totally ignores the cries of those who elected them is set up for a fantastic failure. It doesn’t matter which party is in power.

“To President Buhari we say, please listen to the cries of Nigerians. Listen to the National Assembly when they, in a unanimous voice call you to change the security chiefs. Listen to Muslim leaders who call for more Government proactive actions to prevent terrorist attacks in Nigeria and especially in North Eastern Nigeria.

“Mr President, please ask for foreign help to stop this over 12 years of terrorist attacks on Nigerians. Mr President stop those who work with you from politicising the killings of Nigerians. The bombs of the terrorists do not know who is a member of APC or PDP. Mr President, Nigeria is a secular State, act to reassure Nigerians that there is no agenda to Islamize Nigeria”. Bishop Akubueze Laments.

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