The Catholic Bishop of Awka, Most Rev Paulinus Ezeokafor has said that it would be too early for Nigerians to start judging President Muhammadu Buhari because having tried to rule the country through democratic means before, he must have something for all Nigerians.
Speaking to newsmen yesterday, Ezeokafor also said that though President Buhari may not have spread his appointments so far, he will give everybody a sense of belonging.
According to him: “It is too early to judge Buhari. We should allow the present government some time. Anyone who wants this government to move forward should give it time”.
He urged Nigerians to support the President in his fight against corruption, saying that if corruption is conquered, Nigeria will be the better for it because, according to him, the country is blessed with abundant human and natural resources.
But he warned Buhari to beware of opposition because even those who are fighting with him will at a point turn against him. According to him, “if corruption is tackled successfully, the issue of ethnicity which many people blamed as one of the banes of the country will take a back seat.”
Speaking on the security situation in the country, Bishop Ezeokafor said much efforts have been made on that regretting that the problem was that it was not checkmated in time before it escalated.
According to him, the problem of insurgency is that it “is a war you fight with somebody you don’t know,” but added that if it is won Nigeria will be a better place to live in.
Bishop Ezeokafor said the biggest worry in Nigeria was the issue of power supply and urged the government to do everything possible to tackle it even if it entails cutting down on other sectors of the economy.
He called for unity among Nigerians insisting that a situation where some people in the country form cliques whose ideas are based on “isolationism and the desire to outdo, master and subdue others outside their circle is flawed logic’.
He regretted that many have used this to exploit the blessing of many ethnic groups to cause bitterness and destruction, and sometimes make it difficult for people from one ethnic groups to relate with people from another.
“This easily manifests,” he continued, “in the electioneering and distribution of national resources, citing of capital projects, and allotment of political offices such that some sections are margnalised.”
According to him, those so excluded feel they are no longer part of the country.
For this, he counsels that all hands must be on deck to build a better Nigeria adding: “No one is an island. Nigeria is a diverse country and needs the input of all its ethnic and religious make-up to succeed.”

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