Cleric urges backing for Buhari’s fight against corruption, insurgency
THE Archbishop emeritus of Jos Ecclesiastical Province and Bishop of Maiduguri Diocese, Rev. Emmanuel Kana Mani, has said that corruption is the “deadliest disease that can kill or topple” any democratically-elected government within the shortest possible time.
Mani, who said this in a press statement issued to newsmen in Maiduguri on the present state of the nation under Boko Haram’s six-year insurgency in the North-East, said corruption has to be fought to the finish, as it is equally important to discover the causes of corruption and eliminate it from Nigerian society before reducing it to the barest level in moving the nation forward.
The statement read: “Corruption is man-made or man-driven. The ‘sacred cow’ syndrome must be totally eliminated. Nobody is above the law. Let President Muhammadu Buhari intensify his fight against corruption. We assured the President of our prayer and support to sanitise Nigeria.
“Unfortunately in Nigeria, what we hear is, people say ‘what can I get from Nigeria, instead of what can I do for Nigeria?’ What we do is self-centeredness.”
The bishop said in order to come out of this deteriorating state of affairs, Nigerians should imbibe the spirit of good neighbourliness and do the right thing at the right time, saying: “The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.”
On Boko Haram insurgency, Rev. Mani said: “No one in this country can give a detailed account of the Boko Haram saga than the people of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa states in the North East sub-region of this country.
“Borno is the headquarters of Boko Haram. Academicians and commentators are basically scratching through what has been given to them as secondary materials, but we have lived through it all and many of our brothers and sisters (Christians and Muslims), have paid the supreme price of martyrdom. May their gentle souls rest in perfect peace – Amen!
“Let us remain focused on God’s Divine intervention and continue to pray for our security men (military and paramilitary) to wipe them out of the country. This is a year of freedom and liberty. We shall indeed be freed because our God is able. Nothing is too hard or difficult for God to do.”
On the genesis of Boko Haram sect, Mani said: “Before 2009, Boko Haram was a distinct ideology of some persons trying to define themselves in the cloud of Nigeria’s political, ethnic and religious confusion. It was something that was like an insignificant rumbling in the corridors of power that seemed like some unnoticed issues. This has now become a hurricane sweeping through our worship houses, homes, markets and government establishments.”