NIGERIA: Keep Campaign Promises, Cardinal Tells President Buhari

LAGOS, AUGUST 30, 2016(CISA)-Cardinal Anthony Olubunmi Okogie has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to hurry with the changes he promised before his election last year.

“Today, cries of hunger can be heard across the length and breadth of our vast country. Nigerians hunger not only for food, but also for good leadership, for peace, security and justice,” the cardinal, retired archbishop of Lagos, said in an open letter to the president August 29.

The cardinal urged President Buhari to make changes quickly, and, if he had begun, to redouble his effort so as to live up to Nigerians’ expectations.

“May it not be written on the pages of history that Nigerians die of starvation under your watch,” warned the prelate.

“This is the time to revitalize moribund industries, reinvigorate our agriculture, make our country tourist and investor friendly, and enable our young men and women to find fulfillment by contributing to the common good,” Catholic News Service quoted the Cardinal in the letter.

Cardinal Okie said President Buhari could be likened to a pilot of an aircraft flying in turbulence. “Turbulent times bring the best or the worst out of a pilot,” he said, advising him to stop blaming past administrations for the nation’s economic woes and find workable solutions.

He also advised the president to keep the government out of university admissions decision-making and continue to fight corruption in both main political parties.

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