The Archbishop Emeritus of the Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos, Anthony Car¬dinal Olubunmi Okogie on Sunday condemned President Buhari’s human rights record, significantly increasing pressure on the president to restore the rule of law and stop disobeying court orders.
“A lot of Nigerians are beginning to feel that Buhari is fast transforming this na¬tion into a police state where the president, the Economic and Finan¬cial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and the Department of State Secu¬rity (DSS) rule the day, according to a statement obtained.
“What they say is given lurid headlines in the me¬dia, and it seems to all that some of the defendants cum accused persons are being tried in the press with in¬formation conveniently slipping into the hands of the press, presumably from the security agencies, even be¬fore such people have been charged to court.”
“Unfortunately, democracy is difficult and this government must realise that democracy pervasive¬ly coloured with impunity, arbitrar¬iness and highhandedness, cannot be used to fight and correct the finan¬cial impunity and reckless abandon of the previous administration, even if it is more difficult to do so; the rule of law must be obeyed and be the or¬der of the day.
“If Buhari wants to leave a cred¬itable legacy come 2019, he should retool the bureaucracy. For instance, the roof of the Central Bank is leak¬ing water.
“Governors, who arm-twisted Okonjo-Iweala into signing out our reserves held by Central Bank, are today ministers in the All Progres¬sives Congress (APC) government.
“We are still talking about change and corruption when old things refuse to pass away! These political gimmicks can only car¬ry away gullible or naive Nigeri¬ans. President Buhari should beam his flashlight on policies and pro¬grammes that will lift up the masses.
“A snail-paced and disordered methodology in governance, his ap¬parent disdain for judicial authorities and decisions, a lost today and found tomorrow 2016 Budget debacle, and a rather rudderless and confused Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) with an unclear monetary policy strategy (inevitably increasing the economic uncertainties being faced by Nigeri¬ans), have set alarm bells ringing in my mind and in the minds of many discerning Nigerians.
He further stated that “Our Change must change something. How could we continue to talk of change in a static system? How could we be talking of change when the same crew are governors, ministers, senators, and members of the House of Representatives? This is a cyclical devolution of power to the same people who are never out of power!
“What sort of change is the Pres¬ident talking about? When will the youth take over when even a gov¬ernor does not take a bow and go? When shall we plan for the replace¬ment of delinquent leadership? This is what constitutes change. Change is not changing from Jonathan to Buhari.”
Continuing, he said: “Change is be¬havioural and pervades all levels of society including the family, the church, the mosque, schools, market women and business men. When we talk of change, we talk of positive-salutary, healthy growth and devel¬opment oriented change that cuts across the entire gamut of the so¬ciety.
“What sort of change is this that ignores the glaring unequal distribu¬tion of national income? It is absurd that the same government that is un¬able to pay N18,000 per month to the lowest grade of labour can afford to pay N1.8 million per month to anyone in the economy. Why must tax payers’ money be used to feed Mr. President and his family?
“Why must the tax payers’ mon¬ey be used to buy brand new exotic vehicles for the legislature, judges, ministers and governors when they are heavily paid?
“Indeed, his perceived discord¬ant relationship with the leadership of the Legislature has many naysayers chuckling and remarking that Pres¬ident Buhari’s government is head¬ing into his comfort zone, a one man show.”

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