Former President, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), John Cardinal Onaiyekan, has said so far the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has “spent so much time and energy demonising its predecessor that it seems to have forgotten its promise of a better life for Nigerians.”
His views were conveyed in a Homily at the opening plenary of the four-day annual conference of Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN), currently holding at the St. Gabriel Chaplaincy, Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Abuja.
The theme of the conference is: “Entrepreneurship Awareness: What the Church Can Do’’.
Onaiyekan said: “Our present government came into power three years ago with a promise to change Nigeria for the better in all aspects. So far, government has spent so much time and energy demonising its predecessor that it seems to have forgotten its promise of a better life for Nigerians.
“It has unfortunately allowed the initial massive goodwill it enjoyed to be depleted almost to non-existence. Having tried our two major political parties and found none of them up to our expectation, the nation is on the verge of despair.
“Another election is fast approaching, we must seize this God-given opportunity to radically change things around. We should no longer allow politics to remain business as usual in the hands of the same gang of speculators and opportunists.”
“We must change the rule of the game, not faces of of the players. Politics is not for miserable people seeking a way out of poverty, nor selfish business people looking for an easy way to maximize profit by manipulating the system in their favour, less still is it for the corruptly rich seeking refuge from just accountability,” he said.