Dapchi schoolgirls: Buhari’s government a failure – Bishop Fagbemi


Bishop of Owo Diocese, Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion), Right Reverend Stephen Fagbemi, has said that the weakness of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has been exposed following the recent abduction of more than 100 girls in Dapchi, Yobe State.

Fagbemi, speaking at the thanksgiving service to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Owo Diocese, held at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Owo, said a government that fails to provide security for its citizens fails in all ramifications.

“The recent kidnap introduces lot of complications into the system, because the president pledged that he would bring back the Chibok girls, and accused the previous administration of not being effective.

“However, this happened right under his watch. You would have thought that our president would actually be everywhere to say, ‘look, we are there with you and understand what is going on.

“The kidnap of the girls also means that the weakness of this government is being exposed to people and the president is not as efficient as he promised and the whole apparatus of government is no longer functioning well, since he came on board.

“So, what would they have achieved? I think this recent incident drives home the point that there is much insecurity in our land. The primary business of government is to provide security for the people. A government that fails to provide security has failed its people completely.”

He further advised Buhari not to seek reelection, adding that, “With all due respect, while we appreciate the interest of our president, I think he needs to retire as a statesman and allow younger people to actually lead in this country.”


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