Nigeria: Catholic Archbishop Commends Southern Govs’ Wake-Up Call

Owerri — The Catholic Archbishop of Owerri Archdiocese, Most Rev. Anthony Obinna, has commended the decision of the 17 Southern governors who met last week in Asaba, Delta State, to collectively ban open cattle grazing and sent a strong message to the federal government on restructuring.

Obinna also flayed the authorities for the mass movement of soldiers and police from the northern part of the country to South-east region without a clear mission of their movement.

He accused them of ulterior motives, even as the people of the Southeast are being subjected to series of dehumanisation, including killings of innocent people, especially youths by the security agencies.

The cleric, who spoke in his sermon at the Assumpta Catholic Cathedral, Owerri, during the Holy Mass marking the celebration of 2021 World Communication Day yesterday, emphasised that Nigeria has not changed from the colour of military regime since the current administration took power, adding that the people still suffer as if democracy does not exist in the country.

Obinna stressed that democracy seemed not to be working in Nigeria “because the leaders have failed the people. However, I commend the Southern governors for waking up from their slumber to now speak what the people want. In the past, they had failed the people by doing only what Abuja wants, but what they did this past week is a wakeup call to redress the anomaly by banning open cattle grazing and demanding the restructuring of the country.”

On security, he decried the situation, saying: “We are in trouble because the government has failed to provide security for the people. The idea of importing soldiers and police from the North to South-east region to continue to kill our innocent people is worrisome.”